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Karen Beamish

Membership Matters - July

30 July 2021 | by Karen Beamish

I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer and the relative freedom that we’ve been experiencing this month after 18 difficult months.

We started July with our annual conference, which we once again held online because of the pandemic. I think we learned a lot from last year’s virtual event, and used that experience to put together a fantastic conference that I hope everyone who attended enjoyed and took plenty away from.

One of the benefits of hosting the event online was that we were able to attract keynote speakers from across the world, in addition to some of the most inspiring names in UK psychology. I want to thank all of our speakers for helping to make it such a fantastic two days.

We are continuing to host all of our events and professional development sessions online for the time being – you can see a full list on our website.

We rounded the conference off with a poem by Dr Sanah Ahsan, a clinical psychologist and one of our members. This encapsulated the experience of psychologists during the pandemic, and was a beautiful way to end the event. You can watch the poem on our Youtube channel.

Outside of conference, we’ve been continuing to work on the initiatives that I’ve been updating you on in this blog.

Our membership grades review has now become part of a wider consultation on proposed constitutional changes. This review also include some proposed changes to our governance processes.

We’ve brought these together as, before they come into force, they will needed to be submitted to the Privy Council, which must approve any changes to our charter and statutes.

The consultation is open until 9 August, and we’re looking for as many members as possible to give their feedback. More details on how to do this are available on our website.

We’ve also begun work on a review of our member conduct rules and complaints processes – I’ll have more details on this in the near future.

Our revised Qualification in Forensic Psychology has now been launched, and it will soon be joined by our first fully online qualification – the Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology, which we’ll be offering through our BPS Learn platform.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who came to our AGM recently, and pass my congratulations to Katherine Carpenter and Nicky Hayes, who have been elected as our new President and President-Elect respectively. I’m looking forward to working with both, and to an exciting couple of years ahead for the society.


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