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Karen Beamish

Membership Matters - October 2021

29 October 2021 | by Karen Beamish

I want to thank everyone for their patience while we’ve worked on launching our new database, which is now live.

This has been a really busy time for our membership team, and we’ve now got 2,500 expressions of interest in membership to work through that were lodged while the system was down and we were unable to process them.

Getting so many applications in such a short period is fantastic, and if you are one of those people, we will be in touch soon!

On 4 and 5 November we will be hosting Senate, which will see discussion around our next policy initiative and the member networks review.

Senate is a vital opportunity for collaborative working between network representatives, and I’m hoping it will deliver important progress towards a new target operating model for our networks.  The aim is to establish a clear framework under which we all operate collectively, understanding where responsibilities and accountability lies but more broadly how we work collaboratively across the society to deliver best value for our members in the future.  This work is also underpinned by a defined purpose for the society’s networks. 

Our Board of Trustees will also be meeting during Senate, and we will be presenting our proposal for the new member code of conduct and complaints process to them. Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent consultation on this.

Our Member Board met during October, and we spent a lot of time discussing the role and scope of the board to make sure that it continues to be an effective vehicle for our members into the future.

The board also looked at proposals for the review of register, as did the Practice Board, which was pleased to see that the process is underway and aligned with the same principles as the code of conduct, complaints process and grades review.

There have been a lot of reviews going on at the society recently, and ensuring full alignment across all of this work has been a challenge but one that I think we’ve managed to meet.

Finally, I want to share some exciting news on apprenticeships. We’ve now concluded assessments, and our first 12 psychological wellbeing practitioners have completed their apprenticeships.  They endured an intense period of study through an accredited university partner.  The programmes of study are at Level 7.  The process of assessment is extremely demanding and robust as well as extensive. 

The newly qualified practitioners will now commence work on delivering psychological therapies under the supervision of a psychologist.

I want to congratulate them for their hard work and commitment, and thank the assessors and the team that has made this new venture for us such a success.

Welcoming the wider psychological workforce into the BPS and ensuring that standards of practice are high in this area is something we’re really excited about, and I’ll continue to keep you updated on this work.

The inaugural board meeting of BPS Assessment and Awards Ltd met in September, and there are plenty of further initiatives to come around apprenticeships.

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