What does the British Psychological Society (BPS) do?
The British Psychological Society was the professional regulator for Psychologists in the UK until July 2009, when this responsibility was taken over by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The BPS still retains responsibility for regulating the title Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) which is designed to reflect the highest standards of Psychological knowledge and expertise. Therefore only Psychologists registered and recognised by the BPS have the right to use this title. The title Chartered Psychologist cuts across all disciplines within Psychology and can therefore be applied in addition to the titles that are legally protected under the HCPC, such as Clinical Psychologist.
The BPS offers a vast range of services to Educational Psychologists (EPs) and the public. For those embarking on a career in Educational Psychology or qualified EPs; information on accredited courses, CPD (Continued Professional Development), membership networks, information and guidelines on best practice, access to articles and resources. For the public; careers advice, information about psychology and psychological testing. The BPS is also a publisher of leading highly respected journals including the British Journal of Psychology and the British Journal of Educational Psychology.