DOP Chairs Blog September 2017
Submitted by Hazel Lacey on Thu, 21/09/2017 - 14:48
What we have been doing in the DOP in 2017
I’ve now been in the role of Chair for 9 months and it has certainly been a busy time with lots to do. I would like to use this blog to update you about what the committee have been doing since January and hope to provide updates here in the future.
Reviewing Full Membership
What it means to be a Full Member of the Division has changed, particularly since HCPC registration. While traditionally there has been a split between the practitioner focus of Divisions and academic focus of Sections, our Division is the result of a merger of Division and Section. Full membership does not confer a license to practice, so what does it mean?
For Full membership, Members must currently have gained Chartership through a Master’s degree followed by supervised practice. This means Chartered members of the Society who are academics cannot become Full Members. We also have a group of Members who are Chartered with a non-adjectival title. Currently, they are also not permitted to be full members.
In discussing this, the committee felt that those with relevant qualifications and experience should be eligible for Full Membership. We are therefore in discussions with the BPS about the possibility of this.
The Division of Health Psychology have followed this process and thus have shown us the way. This means the Membership Standards Board will have prior experience of changing the rules in this way. I will be working with them to make sure we follow the process correctly.
Developing an Influencing Strategy
We have been working on an influencing policy which will focus our efforts to influence externally with government and organisations and also internally with the Society and our Members. So far we have established the general areas for our priorities for each. These are as follows: