The goal of health psychology is to study the psychological processes underlying health, illness and health care, and to apply these findings to the promotion and maintenance of health, the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation, the prevention of illness and disability, and the enhancement of outcomes for those who are ill or disabled.
The DHP exists to promote the professional interests of health psychologists and to assist its members with the development of their professional skills in research, consultancy, teaching and training.
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DHP Strategic AimsShow content
DHP Core Purpose
- To promote the advancement and sharing of knowledge of health psychology, pure and applied
We aim to work with:
- A collaborative stance towards our sibling Divisions, Sections and Branches of the BPS
- Highest standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour
- Rigour, fairness, honesty and integrity
Our Strategic Goals
To support the ongoing advancement of the standards of training in health psychology by:
- Promoting the different training routes to Stage 2 qualification
- Working with education providers to promote the value of health psychology training
To identify, and where possible execute ways of supporting and promoting high quality health psychology research, by:
- Making more use of technology to share our research both with our members, but also to promote our work externally
- Publishing HPU to share our work with our membership
- Running an annual DHP conference to share cutting edge research
To support CPD of members at various levels of career and experience, by:
- Informing members of new developments and changes in contexts in which they work
- Encouraging and supporting the ability of members to share and develop their knowledge and experience
- Reviewing and developing opportunities for CPD
To increase the profile and influence of health psychology with the public, policy-makers, healthcare commissioners, employers and other healthcare professionals, by:
- Developing a portfolio of evidence-based health psychology examples
- Enhancing and encouraging health psychology-related public engagement work
- Enhancing existing (and developing new) partnerships to share our expertise and increase our influence nationally and internationally
- Working collegiately and collaboratively with other Divisions
- To be the public, authoritative voice of health psychology