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DCP Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health

The Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health provides a forum for both psychologists and other professionals working in these areas to discuss common issues.


We work tirelessly to promote current research and learning in the field and to keep our members appraised of ongoing developments.


  • Butler, C. (2004).An awareness-raising tool addressing lesbian and gay lives. Clinical Psychology, 36, 15-17 
  • Butler, C. (2006). What's different about sex? Clinical Psychology Forum, 158, p36-39 
  • Butler, C & Shaw, E. (2007) Putting sex on the agenda. Clinical Psychology Forum, 173, 45-47 
  • Byrne, A., Watson, R., Butler, C. & Accoroni, A. (2006). Increasing the confidence of nursing staff to address the sexual health needs of people living with HIV: The use of motivational interviewing. AIDS Care, 18 (5), 501-504 
  • Maslin, J. & Shaw, L. (2006). Clinical Psychology and asylum seeker clients: The therapeutic relationship. Clinical Psychology Forum, 165, 10-15 
  • Patel, N. et al. (2000). Clinical Psychology, 'race', and culture: a training manual. London: BPS 
  • Shaw, L. (2007) NICE about sex. Clinical Psychology Forum, 174, 55-56 
  • Shaw, L. & Tacconelli, E. (2006). Displaced people in sexual health settings. Clinical Psychology Forum, 159, p8-20 

The Complete Guide To Contraception & Your Cycle

With so many choices available, choosing the right method of contraception can be tricky. Some options, although effective, can have an adverse effect on menstrual cycles, which can cause physical and mental distress.

So I’m sharing this useful resource called ‘The Complete Guide To Contraception & Your Cycle’ which aims to help women become more informed about contraceptives and how it impacts their menstrual health. It features a lot of great information, such as:

  • An in-depth look at the various types of contraceptives available - both hormonal and non-hormonal - and how women can get them for free.
  • Detailed comparison of each contraceptive's pros and cons - how they affect intercourse and their efficacy in preventing STDs.
  • Important stats on the effectiveness of each contraceptive, possible side-effects, and how they might affect menstrual cycles.
  • Key takeaways and advice on finding a method that works for each individual and other useful external references on reproductive health.

Read the guide

Useful Links

Health promotion and publication information

Information sites

  • AIDSmap: Wide ranging site from the British HIV Association and National AIDS Manual, particularly useful for people living with HIV and AIDS. Plus database of AIDS organisations worldwide, and information for developing countries from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance 
  • Health Development Agency: National authority supporting evidence-based working in public health, providing effectiveness reviews and other publications on sexual health. 
  • HIV i-base: HIV treatment information for healthcare professionals and HIV positive people 
  • The Criminalisation of HIV Transmission: A site set up by Birkbeck & Keel Universities as part of an HIV and the Law lecture series. Contains overheads from speakers and related papers on clinical practice and access to treatment etc. Criminalisation of HIV Lectures

Professional Bodies

  • British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH): an organisation formed by the merging of the former Medical society for the Study of Venereal Diseases (MSSVD) and Association for Genito Urinary Medicine (AGUM)
  • Children's HIV Association of UK and Ireland (CHIVA): An association of professionals who are committed to providing excellence in the care of children infected or affected by HIV and their facilities
  • Dietitians in HIV/AIDS: Registered dieticians who specialise or have an interest in HIV/AIDS 
  • NHIVNA: National HIV Nurses Associations 
  • SSHA: Society of Sexual Health Advisors 
  • NICE: An idependent organisation responsible for providing guidance on good health and preventing ill health

Voluntary Sector, Service Users and other organisations


Chair: Jane Vosper

Chair Elect: Vacant

Past Chair: Vacant

Honorary Treasurer: Vacant 

Honorary Secretary: Vacant

Committee Members

  • Christopher McCormack
  • Tomas Campbell
  • Sarah Rutter
  • Alex Margetts
  • Su Yin Yap

Newsletter Editor: Vacant

Policy Response Co-Ordinator: Laura Thompson

Website Lead: Vacant

DCP Representative: Vacant

DCP Pre-Qualification Group Representative: Vacant

Representative: Vacant

Research Co-Ordinator Representative: Vacant

Scottish Representative: Vacant


Apply to join the faculty (students, affiliates, e-subscribers)

Apply to join the faculty (graduate, chartered, and in-training members)

Membership of the Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

There are three grades of faculty membership:

  • Full membership

    For psychologists who are Full Members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and who work in or have an interest or expertise in the field of HIV and sexual health.

  • Affiliate membership

    For psychologists who are General (Pre-Training) and In-Training members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP). Affiliate members may take part in discussions but may not vote.

  • Associate membership

    For General members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and non-Division members. Associate members may take part in discussions but may not vote.

If you are not already a member, you can join the faculty at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

Apply to join the society

Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health membership

The Faculty for HIV & Sexual Health fosters effective psychological services to people whose lives have been affected by HIV and Sexual Health issues and aims to raise awareness of psychological issues in this area by providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues.

The Faculty facilitates communication and support among psychologists and other professionals working in the field by promoting psychological research and advising and influencing relevant organisations and policy.

The Faculty issue a quarterly online newsletter and offer reduced fees for events.

Member Announcement Email List

The Faculty for HIV & Sexual Health uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Faculty you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Faculty for HIV & Sexual Health
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Faculty for HIV & Sexual Health announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health

The Faculty for HIV & Sexual Health relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Faculty is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.