1.1 The British Psychological is the learned
and professional body, incorporated by Royal Charter, for psychologists
in the United Kingdom. The Society, which has a total membership
of over 40,000, is a registered charity. It celebrated its centenary
1.2 The key Charter object of the Society
is "to promote the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge
of psychology pure and applied and especially to promote the efficiency
and usefulness of members by setting up a high standard of professional
education and knowledge".
1.3 The Society is authorised under its
Royal Charter to maintain the Register of Chartered Psychologists.
It has a Code of Conduct and investigatory and disciplinary systems
in place to consider complaints of professional misconduct relating
to its members. The Society is an examining body and grants certificates
and diplomas in specialist areas of professional applied psychology.
It also has in place quality assurance programmes for accrediting
both undergraduate and postgraduate university degree courses.
1.4 As a learned scientific society, The
British Psychological Society publishes 10 scholarly refereed
journals and maintains an extensive library of scientific periodicals.
Two main Society conferences are organised each year, and many
of its over 30 specialised sub-groups organise sectional conferences
throughout the year.
1.5 The Society has 14 Sections representing
the main scientific fields of study and it has nine Divisions
representing the different areas of professional applied psychology
in which services are provided to members of the public, namely
clinical, counselling, forensic, educational, health, occupational,
teaching and research, and neuropsychology.
1.6 Divisions and other sub groups advise
on issues from the perspective of the particular specialist group,
but only the Board of Trustees of the Society or one of its main
Boards (Professional Practice, Research, Publications and Communications,
Psychology Education, and Membership and Professional Qualifications)
has authority to determine corporate policy and speak or respond
to consultations for the whole Society.