DCP Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology
The Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology promotes the professional and scientific work of BPS members with an interest in people with a disability or other physical health problems.
We also work to raise awareness of good clinical practice and to promote current research and service issues.
The faculty currently comprises the following networks:
- Cardiac, respiratory, critical care and liaison psychology
- Paediatric HIV
Clinical Health Commissioning Project Literature Guide: Key Documents
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2007).
- Chronic Heart Failure, National Clinical Guidance Centre. (2010).
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2010).
- Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer: The Manual, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2004).
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2008).
These are examples of publications that are particularly noteworthy in terms of being recent contributions (i.e. since 2012) to the awareness of long-term conditions and the impact of chronic ill health on psychological wellbeing.
- Department of Health - Closing the Gap: Priorities for Essential Change in Mental Health
- Department of Health - Long Term Conditions Compendium of Information
- The Kings Fund - Long Term Conditions & Mental Health: The Cost of Co-Morbidities
- The King’s Fund - Delivering Better Services for People with Long-Term Conditions
- Department of Health Organising and Delivering Psychological Therapies Department of Health. (2004).
- Guiding Patients through Complexity: Modern Medical Generalism, Brindle, D. (2011).
- National Patient Safety Agency - Being Open – Communicating with patients, their families and carers following a patient safety incident, National Patient Safety Agency. (2009).
- NHS Improvement Cancer –Stratified Pathways of Care, NHS Improvement. (2012)
- Social Care & Clinical Commissioning for People with Long-Term Conditions, Bostock, L., & Humphries, R. (2011). SCIE Report 45
- The British Psychological Society Good Practice Guidelines for UK Clinical Psychology Training Providers: Training and Consolidation of Clinical Practice in Clinical Health Psychology
- The British Psychological Society Guidelines and Literature Review for Psychologists Working Therapeutically with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients, British Psychological Society. (2012).
- The British Psychological Society New Ways of Working for Applied Psychologists in Health and Social Care
- The British Psychological Society Standards for Psychological Support for Adults Living with HIV
- The Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists - Commissioning of Specialist Services for Pain, Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. (2013).
- The Recall Centre
- The Recall Centre - Kidney Disease: Often a Silent Killer
- Department of Health - Comborbidities: A framework of principles for system-wide action
- Department of Health - National Service Framework for Diabetes
- Department of Health - National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions
- Department of Health - No Health Without Mental Health
- Department of Health - The National Strategy for HIV and Sexual Health
- Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health - Guidance for Commissioners on Liaison Mental Health Services to Acute Hospitals
- Centre for Economic Performance - How Mental Health Loses Out in the NHS, Mental Health Policy Group. (2012).
- NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement - Improving Care for People with Long Term Conditions, Singh, D., & Hamm, C. (2006).
- The King’s Fund - Managing people with Long Term Conditions, Goodwin, N., Curry, N., Naylor, C., Ross, S., & Duldig, W(2010). Research Articles
Chair: Rebecca Houghton
Honorary Secretary: Vacant
Honorary Treasurer: Alison Pearce
- Angela Busuttil
- Alice Plummer
- Mark Griffiths
- Nita Baker
Pre-Qualification Representative: Vacant
If you would like to apply for any vacant positions, please complete a Statement of Interest form.
If you would like to find out if there are any other positions available, please contact the Member Networks Team.
Membership of the Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.
There are three grades of faculty 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 clinical health.
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.
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:
Benefits of belonging
Benefits include study days accessible to psychologists of all levels of experience, an advice and support network which is easily accessible to individual psychologists working in the field of physical health and disability in the form of a membership discussion list.
The Faculty also have a number of networks relating to specialist areas with the field of Clinical Health Psychology and each network have a discussion list to share information. Membership of the networks is free once becoming a member of the Faculty.
- Cardiac, respiratory, critical care and liaison psychology
- Paediatric HIV
To join a network please contact Member Network Services stating which network you wish to be a part of.
The Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology 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:
- become a member of the Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology
- 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 of Clinical Health Psychology announcement email' in the subject line.
The Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology has the following discussion lists;
- Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology
- Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology - Clinical Health Faculty Cardiac network
- Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology - Clinical Health Faculty Obesity network
To join the discussion list you will need to be:
- a member of the Faculty for Clinical Health Psychology
- opted into receiving email communication from the Society (you can change your preference by logging onto your account via the member portal)
The Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology 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.
The first point of contact for any queries regarding the work of the DCP Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology should be the Member Network Services Team.
The Member Network Services team provides support to all our Member Networks.