Division of Occupational Psychology

Volunteering

The work of the Division 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. 

The positions of Chair, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer are also filled by volunteers.

What do our volunteers do?

The DOP has around 150 volunteers at present, who work in a range of different areas. We have numerous working groups that our members can get involved with.

Without our volunteers, many activities would not have been achieved, including the annual conference; our workshops, CPD and networking events; OP Matters; links with other professional bodies; and the DOP awards and award ceremonies.

Benefits of volunteering

There are many benefits to volunteering:

  • Contributing to the future of the profession and future practitioners
     
  • Networking - with both psychologists and non-psychologists
     
  • Attendance at a variety of events
     
  • Evidence for the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2), or as it is known Chartership and continuing professional development with the Health and Care Professions Council
     
  • Developing broader work-based competencies, e.g. team working, project management, resource planning, financial management, and leadership

Getting involved in the DOP

The DOP relies on a wide range of people getting involved. It is an open and inclusive community, just like the profession it represents. The only requirement is that you are a member of the Division, and further guidance is presented depending on your level of membership and experience in the Division. 

It doesn’t matter if you just starting out in your career or have many years of experience, whether you are academic or practitioner, we will have a suitable role for you. Some roles require lots of time, but others can be for a few hours.

We have provided role profiles where possible, but please understand that these may not always be available for all roles at present. Many roles involve a degree of initiative and gaining agreement for proposed actions, rather than being prescriptive.

If you have any questions, please email  [email protected]

 

Chartered Psychologists, Full Divisional Members with additional criteria

Some roles have criteria attached, including Chair, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. This may include leadership experience in the DOP or experience of managing budgets. Please check the role descriptions for details.  

These positions provide the opportunity to make a difference to the direction of activities in the DOP and help us promote and develop our profession.

Full members can also apply for anyother committee positions including Strategy Group Conveners to work across different groups.

There is an annual call for nominations in October/November. When more than one nomination is received for a position, a ballot is sent out for members to vote on.

Chartered Psychologists

You are able to join or lead working groups and strategy groups, contributing to the important work which is carried out there.

Volunteers on working groups, and those who contribute to tasks in strategy groups, such as website administrators, are not elected - you can get involved with them at any time depending on availability.  For more information on how to do this, please visit the working groups area of the website.

If you would like to develop experience in leadership, you can gain this through participation in the Leadership Development Programme or by leading a working group or strategy group. There are some positions available and please contact us to discuss this.

Full and General members

Non-Chartered members can lead and volunteer in strategy groups and working groups.

Volunteers on working groups are not elected - you can get involved with them at any time.  For more information on how to do this, please visit the working groups area of the website. We are particularly interested in having more students and trainees represented in our groups.

We also need volunteers to help with running events, including coordinating, speaking, chairing and stewarding, contact us foir more information.

You are able to apply to the Leadership Development Programme, but please note that preference is given to those who are either Chartered or likely to become so soon.

Putting yourself forward for:

Executive positions

You can nominate yourself for the executive positions of Chair, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer or Strategy Group Convenor when the annual call for nominations goes out in October/November. When more than one nomination is received for a position, a ballot is sent out for members to vote on.  Where a role is not filled, further calls will be made throughout the year.

Working group volunteers

Volunteers on working groups, and those who contribute to tasks in strategy groups, such as website administrators, are not elected - you can get involved with them at any time depending on availability.  Tasks vary, and may include working on the development of guidelines and publications.  Please visit the working groups area of the website for more information.

Please note that some working groups are very popular, and when submitting your statement of interest, you may want to state more than one group of interest.

Current opportunities

The DOP relies on a wide range of people getting involved. It is an open and inclusive community, just like the profession it represents. The only requirement is that you are a member (of any grade) of the Division. We want you if you:

  • Have Chartered status OR working towards Chartered status
  • Have years of work experience OR are just starting out in your career
  • Work in the public sector (including academia) OR the private sector
  • Employed OR self-employed
  • Have a PhD OR MSc
  • Have lots of time to dedicate to the role OR have just a few hours

The DOP is currently looking for volunteers so if you would like to find out more please contact us at [email protected] , or complete the statement of interest form by clicking on the link below:
https://mor.bps.org.uk/

Secretary
Treasurer
Communications Strategy Group Lead
Professional Education and Qualifications Strategy Group Lead
Conference Committee Chair/s
Networking and Personal Development Working Group Convener
Volunteer Training Group Co-convener
Communications members, e.g. digital content management
Awards & Recognition Working Group members
Consultation Liaison
Behaviour Change Advisory Group Representative
OP Matters Editorial Role