22 February 2017
Each year our Professional Practice Board makes its Lifetime Achievement Award to recognise and celebrate unusually significant and sustained contributions over a career as a practitioner of applied psychology.
For 2017 there were two outstanding candidates, and so the board decided to make two awards – to Professor Narinder Kapur and Professor Tom McMillan.
Narinder Kapur is visiting Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London and honorary consultant neuropsychologist at Imperial College NHS Trust.
He is past President and a founder member of the British Neuropsychological Society and has published articles in a wide range of fields including neuropsychology, patient safety, NHS management, unconscious bias and clinical excellence. He has written or edited four books in the field of neuropsychology, including the award-winning The Paradoxical Brain.
One of the first researchers to document the condition known as Transient Epileptic Amnesia, a term that he coined, he also played a pioneering role in documenting the neuropsychological profile associated with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. When he worked in Cambridge he set up a Memory Aids Clinic, one of the first of its kind.
Professor Kapur said:
"I am honoured and delighted at the recognition given to me by my peers in the British Psychological Society. I acknowledge with deep gratitude those who have helped and supported me during my career, including those I worked with during my training in Belfast and Boston, former colleagues at the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton, former colleagues at Addenbrooke’s and in Cambridge research labs, and especially my current colleagues at University College London.
The award will encourage me to continue my current projects, which include supporting the development of neuropsychology services in India, exploring paradoxical strengths in clinical populations, and applying psychological principles to improve patient safety and NHS management.”
Tom McMillan is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow, as well as working two days a week as the consultant adviser for brain injury rehabilitation for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. He was the first Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the UK – at the University of Surrey – and was the founder of what is now the Society’s Division of Neuropsychology (DoN).
Over a 35-year career Tom McMillan has engaged in clinical and research work in head injury and neurorehabilitation and has almost 200 publications. He received lifetime achievement awards from DoN in 2014 and from the International Neuropsychology Society in 2016. He has particular interests in the interplay between brain injury, psychological consequences and lifestyle in determining late outcome and in the development of evidence-based interventions.
Professor McMillan said:
”Working with people with brain injury and their families over the past four decades has been a tremendous privilege.”
Professor Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society, said:
"The human brain has been described is the most complex object in the known universe. To make matters more complicated still, of course, the human brain does not work in isolation. Our brains and our minds, our relationships, our communities, and our experiences over the span of our lives all interact in the most fantastically complicated but vitally important dance.
Professors McMillan and Kapur are two outstanding neuropsychologists, who have managed to shed light on the workings of the human brain, how we identify assess and intervene when people have neurological problems, and how our brains and our experiences interact. I am absolutely delighted that professors McMillan and Kapur are joint recipients of this prestigious award. They are outstanding examples of the contribution psychologists can make to health care and to society, and I am proud that they are leading members of my profession."