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December 2017

Society publishes 'Psychology at work' report

Our new report 'Psychology at work' was launched in November at the Houses of Parliament.

The reports examines issues around work, health, and disability and recommends ways that policy makers and employers can tackle poor employment practices using interventions that work with human behaviour, not against it.

The report's call for the suspension and review of benefit sanctions was quoted by Andrew Marr during his interview with the work and pensions secretary David Gauke in this Sunday's The Andrew Marr show.

Read more and download the report here.

Dementia roundtable meeting

The Society's Policy Team met with parliamentarians at the end of November for a discussion on the BPS report 'Psychological dimensions of dementia: Putting the person at the centre of care'.

Click here to read more.

Pilots' mental wellbeing crucial

Our new position paper 'Aviation and aerospace psychology: Pilot mental health and wellbeing' was recently published.

The paper, written by a group of expert psychologists chaired by Professor Robert Bor, recommends that the aviation industry must give its staff the skills to understand, monitor and maintain their mental wellbeing.

Click here for more information.

BPS/HCPC Annual Meeting

Nicola Gale (President), Andrea Finkel-Gates (Director of Qualifications & Standards), and Janet Vaughan (Governance Manager), attended the BPS/HCPC annual meeting in November.  A copy of the minutes from the meeting will be available on the governance section of the Society website in due course.

A copy of the minutes is available on the BPS website.

The HCPC informed us that anyone, including a Division on behalf of its members, can raise a concern directly with the HCPC - and would be encouraged to do so.  Concerns can be discussed informally before raising with HCPC advisors.

More guidance on how to raise a concern can be found on the HCPC website.

Take part in a consultation

We currently have eight open consultations on our website.

We have four external consultations including the DoH independent review of the Mental Health Act and a Public Health England consultation on a health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027.

The internal consultations include safeguarding children and young people, draft ethical guidelines for working with extremism, violent extremism and terrorism and the structure of the new Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology.

For more information please visit our consultations page.

Expert Witness Advisory Group survey

The Expert Witness Advisory Group (EWAG) would like to know how the Society can support psychologists who work or would like to work as expert witnesses.

We have put together a short survey to help us understand how we can do this.

This survey will run until the end of January.

EWAG has produced Psychologists as Expert Witnesses: Guidelines and Procedure for Psychologists, which is available for free from the Society's website.

A new version of this document is due shortly and will be available on the same link.

26 January 2018 - Replication & Reproducibility Event II: Moving Psychological Science Forward

This event follows on from our first debate held at the Royal Society in May 2016 and builds on those debates. 

Booking will open before Christmas.

Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information.

18 March 2018 - Research Day

The second annual Research Day will be held at Senate House in London and will provide an opportunity for psychology postgraduates and early-career researchers to meet and learn about research skills, resources and support networks.

Booking will open late January 2018.

Research Digest podcast

Episode 10 of the Research Digest podcast is now available - on procrastination.

The Psychologist continues to evolve 

Visit The Psychologist website for a message from the editor and some specific topics he is seeking conributions on, including Brexit and European Psychology, 'my lost finding', cities, and the 'marvellous mundane'.

Would you like to work with the media?

The Society's Communications Team are looking for members to join our media database.

We are particularly looking for members from the nations and regions, and ideally chartered members. 

If you would like more information or an application form contact [email protected]

New media training dates

We have two new dates for 2018:

This is a bespoke proactive PR and media workshop designed specifically for senior leaders, clinicians and key spokespeople for organisations.

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