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Karen Beamish

Membership Matters - May

27 May 2021 | by Karen Beamish

I hope that everyone is keeping well and enjoying the freedoms afforded to us by the latest easing of lockdown restrictions this month.

It certainly feels like time is flying by now, and that means we’re moving closer to BPS Conference 2021, which we’re once again holding entirely online.

Across Thursday 1 and Friday 2 July, we’ll be joined by fantastic keynote speakers and other presenters on the theme ‘Positive Adaptations: Psychological Strengths’.

The programme has now really taken shape, so have a look and if you like what you see, please join us for what is sure to be two great days of the latest psychological research and engaging presenters.

While we prepare for that, lots of our focus continues to be on the two projects that I’ve been providing regular updates on in this blog, and which are getting much further along in the process after the contributions members have made over recent months.

We’ve been completing phase two of the member grades review, which has entailed collecting feedback from our member networks and some of those who took part in the first phase, while also going out to our wider membership with a survey.

Thanks to everyone who completed this – we’re now in the process of collecting and collating all of the responses, and will be reflecting on what you’ve said to consider possible amendments and tweaks to the proposal.

This process will involve drawing together the 1,749 responses from the survey alongside what we’ve learned from our conversations with Further Education providers, employers and our networks before returning with an updated version. Watch this space.C

Concurrently, we’ve been working with Korn Ferry to complete stage one, the scoping part, of the member network review.

Further details on what the report produced by Korn Ferry says and suggests will be available in next month’s member update, and we’ll be starting to develop the proposed business model for our networks in the meantime.

This project sees us working extremely closely with members, particularly the reference group formed from our membership, and I want to thank all of those who have taken part and are helping us to develop a member network offering that works for you.

If you’re one of those BPS members who isn’t currently a member of a network, we’ve developed the Find Your Network tool to suggest which one might be right for you. Try it out and see if you can find a community of psychologists sharing your professional or research interests.

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