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Special Group for Independent Practitioners

Welcome to the Special Group of Independent Practitioners page.

Whether you are an existing member, thinking about joining our group or interested in one of our events, we hope you find what you are looking for.

Any queries or feedback about the SGIP should be sent to [email protected]


Membership of the Special Group is open to all members of the BPS and fees start from as little as £5.

Scroll down to find out more about the benefits of joining the SGIP.

There are two grades of Special groups membership:

  • Full membership (£10)

    For Graduate or Chartered Members.

  • Affiliate membership (£5)

    For society members with a general or professional interest in independent Practice not eligible for the above membership grade(s).

If you are not yet part of the society you can apply for membership of the group at the same time as you apply to become a BPS member.

Member Benefits of SGIP

  • The SGIP Discussion List - where IP’s share knowledge, tips, ideas, concerns, requests for specialist services with each other (monitored by the Committee to enable topics of concern are quickly addressed and if helpful-escalated to BPS staff, Board of Trustees etc)
  • A series of tailored webinars on IP specific topics such as Marketing, Social Media, Setting Up, Growing and Closing their IP business.
  • AND coming soon a one-hour Lunchtime webinar Series
  • Day long CPD workshops-heavily subsidised for SGIP members
  • Peer Practice Hubs-where IP’s can meet virtually- share experiences, personal observations about trends in IP and questions they’d  like to share with others “in the same boat”.
  • Representation of IP interests at Practice Board
  • Brief Updates on matter of specific interest to IP’s 

Plans for SGIP 2022

  • E-Learning Packages for IP’s 
  • Develop Independent Practice toolkits for members to use including templates; how to guides; case-studies and sources of information and FAQ’s extracted from our webinars.
  • Provide updates on key changes which may impact Independent Practitioners or be of prime interest on the website and the members’ Newsletter.
  • Mentoring for members at key points in their careers
  • Attracting IP’s from more Divisions and Branches to ensure IP needs are visible and more likely to be met.
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