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Karen Beamish

Membership Matters - September

24 September 2021 | by Karen Beamish

I hope that all of our members had a fantastic summer and are enjoying the early Autumn sunshine we’re having at the minute.

Following a blogging break during August, I’m back this month with a number of updates on the projects that we’ve got underway and planned in the membership directorate.

Since the first report of the member networks review was published in June, we’ve been working with Korn Ferry to take forward the recommendations it made.

The central element of this has been developing a new framework for networks, providing clarity on their role, their activities, and how staff and members can work together to deliver these.

Consultants from Korn Ferry have been talking to representatives at network forums in recent weeks, and there will be more opportunities for members to contribute at events between now and Christmas. Keep an eye out for notices of these.

We’re planning to present the new framework to the Board of Trustees in March next year, after which the new framework can begin its life.

The other major project I’ve been updating you on during recent months is the membership grades review. The outcome of the review has now been included in our governing documents, which formed part of a consultation during the latter part of July and early August. 

Following a review of the various outcomes of the consultation, the draft charter and statutes has now been sent to Her Majesty’s Privy Council for a stage one review.  The Privy Council will provide feedback and guidance that will allow us to move to the final stage of the process prior to a ballot of members.  We’ll let you know any news on that as soon as we can.

Elsewhere in membership, we were delighted to join the Mental Health Academy (MHA) earlier this month to host a highly successful online suicide prevention summit for mental health professionals. If you missed out on this, it’s still available to access on demand through the MHA’s website.

The countdown to the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology’s congress, which we’re hosting in Glasgow next January, is now well and truly on. Registration is open – we’d love to see you there.

A new webinar on psychology’s role in the climate crisis is now available to book on to, following on the back of a successful recent interdivisional event held by the Scottish branch. Both are part of a series of activities that we’ll be doing relating to climate change and sustainability.

Our qualifications team has been busy with the launch of the new Qualification in Forensic Psychology, which went live over the summer and will soon see its first intake starting. You can watch an enlightening video about the qualification on our Youtube channel.

The Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology has also moved across to its new home on BPS Learn, which has also seen the launch of a new e-learning course on adults with autism. Our partnership with the Scottish government to provide a pipeline of educational psychologists through the Qualification in Educational Psychology is continuing.

Finally, as with all staff at the BPS, we’re working hard to prepare for the launch of the new Customer Relationship Management system in the near future, while working through new membership applications.

These are at an all-time high for this time of year, which is already our busiest period. As ever, thanks to everyone for continuing to support your society and psychology community.

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