We promote excellence in psychological practice so that everyone can access high quality, evidence-based psychological interventions to enhance their lives, organisations, communities and wider society.
The Practice Board's aims are as follows:
- Develop a proactive long-term strategy to deliver the highest standards of best practice across the discipline
- Discuss current issues in psychological practice and engage in regular horizon scanning to proactively identify gaps in practice knowledge
- Commission task and finish groups and advisory groups to contribute the psychology content for high-quality evidence-based guidance for psychologists
- Act as a responsive source of expertise for the Policy Unit and the wider BPS
For more information, email the Practice team.
- Prescribing Rights for PsychologistsWe are considering whether there is a need for the extension of prescribing rights to include qualified statutorily regulated psychologists.
- Expert Witness Advisory GroupProvide guidance to psychologists acting as expert witnesses.
- Mental Capacity Advisory GroupAdvise and guide members and the society on aspects of mental capacity legislation and activity.
- SafeguardingAdvise and guide members and the society on aspects of safeguarding including legislation and best practice.
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- Award for Innovation in PracticeThis award recognises innovative creative project design and/or delivery in practice. Entries are welcome from a range of programmes - including pilots and long-established schemes of any size and scope.
- Award for Distinguished Contribution to PracticeAimed at practitioner psychologists, this award recognises outstanding and lasting contributions to a specific area of psychology, which has benefited people or organisations.
- Lifetime Achievement in Psychology AwardThis prestigious award recognises and celebrates an exceptional practitioner whose career has consistently contributed to the discipline of psychology.
The practice board is made up of representatives covering the HCPC protected titles, BPS specialist registers and the devolved nations. View more about each of our members.
Alison Clarke MBPsS is a Coaching Psychologist working in a busy private practice, where she supports a wide range of clients in achieving transformational outcomes.
For over twenty years Alison has pursued a career in training, development, and management consultancy in Britain, Ireland and Europe, helping to implement organisational, procedural, and service-level changes in both corporate entities and in the NHS and Irish health services.
While working in Brussels she created a number of ground breaking career development programmes for students from British, Irish and European universities and colleges and, in 2012, was elected to serve as the media and communications spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Branch of the BPS.
James McTaggart trained as an educational psychologist at Dundee University in 2004-6 having previously had a variety of roles including teaching and farm management.
He works as an early years specialist in the Highlands across health, education and third sector services to help improve outcomes for children and families through the application of psychology. Particular interests are in developmental approaches to learning, trauma-informed practice and developing supports for families around attachment and child development.
He provides advice to various Scottish Government agencies including in early years and public health and currently sits on a NICE guidance committee looking at Babies, Children and Young People's Experiences of Healthcare. Pro bono work includes providing advice on the development of children's services and education in Southeast Asia. He is doing a part time PhD on the ontological aspects of deep disagreements about children.
He has mostly been a 'detached' member of the BPS and his interest in joining the Practice Board included a desire to help seek out and include less often heard perspectives, including those of children and young people, and assist in using these to ensure the continued relevance of psychological practice for all.
Professor (Emeritus) Tony Lavender M.Phil, PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS is an HCPC registered clinical psychologist who worked for over twenty years in the NHS as a practicing psychologist and as Director of the Salomons Clinical Psychology Programme, in what is now, Salomons Institute of Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University.
He transferred into University employment in 1996 and went on to become Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor. As PVC he held corporate responsibility for Research and Equality & Diversity and for periods, Sustainability and Internationalisation. He led the University’s successful 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission. He retired from this role at the end of 2016.
He has been an active member of the BPS for over forty years and chaired a number of Society Committees and Working Groups. He chaired the Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology and, in that role, facilitated the introduction of Clinical Psychology Doctorates. He has represented the Society on workforce development nationally with the Department of Health, NHS Digital and the Home Office. He Jointly Chaired the BPS/Department of Health group looking at ‘New Ways of Working for Applied Psychologists' (2005-7). He is currently the DCP Workforce and Training Lead, a member of the DCP Exec and is actively involved in workforce planning nationally with NHSE/I and HEE.
He has published extensively on services and therapies for people with psychosis and personality disorder, workforce planning, the history of clinical psychology and more recently anorexia. He continues to be involved in research, doctoral supervision, mentoring and organisational consultancy.
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Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano is a chartered and registered Counselling Psychologist who currently works primarily in Independent Practice. She is a mentor, visiting lecturer, clinical supervisor and an external examiner on Counselling Psychology training programmes. Her clinical interests include self-exploration and growth, black women’s identity, African Psychology and Spirituality, and working with Race and Difference across Cultures.
Honorary Professor Dr. Geraldine Akerman C.Psychol AFBPsS C.Sci. EuroPsych is an HCPC registered Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology Executive Committee (2020-2022) and member of Cyber Psychology and Defense and Security Psychology member networks.
Geraldine is also an Associate Fellow of the BPS, as well as a member of the Professional Practice Board, and the Covid-19 Adaptations and Psychologists wellbeing committees.
Geraldine is a Therapy Manager at HMP Grendon, having worked for HMPPS since 1999, with men who have committed violent offences. She is also a visiting lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Birmingham as well as a PhD supervisor and examiner and trainee supervisor.
In additon, Geraldine is a Trustee for the Safer Living Foundation and a TC Specialist for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has received an award for her Distinguished Contribution to Forensic Psychology.
Eleanor qualified as a practitioner health psychologist in 2013 and has since worked in a variety of physical health contexts in NHS Scotland and England developing new services, interventions, training and policies in public health, sexual health, diabetes and pain settings.
In these roles she has learned the value of promoting excellence in psychological practice given the difference psychologists can make to people’s lives as key members of multi-disciplinary teams.
Eleanor also enjoys her role as the current Practice Lead on the DHP Committee, helping to share the brilliant work of practitioner health psychologists in the UK and developing initiatives to improve their visibility and career pathways.
Her research and practice centres around health behaviour change, particularly about enhancing the skills and confidence of non-psychologist health workers to have effective, psychologically-informed, health promoting conversations with clients.
She has conducted research to understand ‘what works’ in health behaviour change practice, particularly within low-income communities, and has enjoyed developing methods, tools and interventions to help professionals in the UK and in low-income countries to assess and increase their competencies to deliver health behaviour change effectively.
Eleanor joined the Practice Board officially in Spring 2020 and looks forward to collaborating with psychologists from across the UK on maintaining and accelerating our profession’s positive impact on society.
Dr Pavlo Kanellakis has over 30 years of experience across multiple domains of psychology. He is a full Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
He has been honoured as the Chair of several international psychology conferences that link research, theory and practice with presenters from more than 70 countries.
He also received an International Scholar Award by the American Psychological Association.
He has acted as a Lead National Assessor for the appointment of Consultant Psychologists in Health and Social Care (under the auspices of the British Psychological Society).
In partnership with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Pavlo sat for the maximum eight-year term as a panel member for the Fitness to Practice group, as well as Visitor for the recognition of doctoral courses in a range of specialities in psychology across the UK. He has also served a full term as Chair of the BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners.
Pavlo was also a member of the National Implementation Reference Group of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and acted as a Psychology Expert for the Efficacy & Mechanism Evaluation College of Experts & Health Technology Assessment Programme at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Medical Research Council.
He has been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Clinical Practice Network for many years.
He is also Principal Member of the Association for Business Psychology and works collaboratively, combining evidence-based science with a down-to-earth approach.
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Janet Fraser is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist.
She is the current chair of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and has been leading the Working Differently workstream of the Society’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Prior to that, Janet was Chair Elect and then Chair of DOP Scotland.
A lifelong learner, psychology is a second career for her made possible through studying at the Open University and then Birkbeck, University of London. She was able to complete her qualification in occupational psychology while working for the NHS in a role that focused on improving policy and practice for dignity at work and management of stress at work. She subsequently set up her own consultancy.
Janet has been trained in mediation and has an interest in organisational fairness and constructive approaches to workplace conflict. Evidence-based practice is a long-standing interest for her, and she has facilitated learning opportunities for DOP members on topics such as supervision, professional identity and mental health at work.
In her BPS roles, she continues to be active in encouraging collaboration between different domains of psychology and her ambitions for occupational psychology include reducing and, if possible, removing barriers to qualification and supporting new opportunities that allow candidates to reach their potential.
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Karl Steptoe is an HCPC registered, British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and committee member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
He is the Sport and Performance Psychology Lead at Loughborough University, with responsibilities that include teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and the provision of applied on campus psychology services to student-athletes.
He has held Lead Sport and Exercise Psychologist roles in Premier League Football, Premier League Football Academies, County Cricket, Professional Golf and Paralympic Sport; working with organistations, teams, individual athletes, coaches and parents.
As an applied practitioner, Karl provides sport and exercise psychology services in line with the core cognitive, cognitive–behavioural and humanistic principles that guide his consultancy with a focus on performance, developmental and wellbeing objectives.
His research interest focuses on understanding the attentional and motivational mechanisms that underpin skill breakdown under perceived pressure and the efficacy of cognitive-behavioural interventions in applied practice.
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Upcoming meeting dates and locations for 2022:
- Call for items to add to agenda: 22 August
- Agenda close date: 2 September
- Date for submission of papers: 9 September
- Location: online
If you wish to submit something for consideration by the Board please email Practice team as soon as possible.
Minutes will be available online following approval at the following meeting. Summary reports will be available as soon as possible.
Meeting minutes and summary reports
With our workstreams, the Practice Board aims to establish, promote and support best practice in the delivery of psychological services.
Advisory groups are made up of members from across the domains with expertise in the relevant area and membership has a tenure of 3 years. Advisory groups are expected to continue long term and keep a watching brief over issues, proving advice to members and staff. They may also produce guidance or similar. View more information about our advisory groups:
- Expert Witness
- Mental Capacity
- Mental Health Act
- Workforce Planning - this group discusses current issues in workforce across domains and contexts, identifying the need for further work and directing this through the Practice Board.
Task and Finish Groups
Task and finish groups are set up to complete discreet pieces of work and are then disbanded. Our current task and finish groups are:
- Assessment, Diagnosis, and Formulation
- Assistant Psychologist
- Use of the Consultant Title
- Physical Health
- Specific Learning Difficulties Assessment
- Sexuality, Gender and Relationship diversity guidance review
- Practice Guidelines
If you would like to find out more about our workstreams, contact the Practice team.
The Practice Board has three awards annually. View the awards and grants page for more information.