Role of the British Psychological Society

Understanding the Role of the British Psychological Society in regulatory compliance

The British Psychological Society (BPS) plays a crucial role in shaping the UK's psychology landscape. As a professional body dedicated to advancing and promoting psychology, the BPS ensures practitioners adhere to high standards of practice, ethics, and professional development. In this blog, Dr Richard Dune explores the pivotal role of the BPS, key facts and statistics, essential definitions, best practices for implementation, and recommendations for organisations to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.

Key facts and statistics

  • Membership - The BPS has over 60,000 members, including practitioners, researchers, and students.
  • Accreditation - The Society accredits over 400 undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes across the UK. 
  • Guidelines and standards - The BPS publishes numerous guidelines and standards, including the "Code of Ethics and Conduct" and "Standards for the Accreditation of Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology".

Key definitions

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) - A professional body representing psychologists in the UK, promoting excellence in psychology education, research, and practice.
  • Regulatory compliance - Adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines, and specifications relevant to an organisation's business processes. 
  • Code of ethics and conduct - A set of principles and standards designed to guide psychologists in ethical practice, ensuring clients' welfare and the profession's integrity.

Best practices for implementation

To ensure compliance with BPS standards and relevant legislation, organisations should adopt the following best practices:

Accredited training and education

  • Ensure that all training and educational programmes are accredited by the BPS. This guarantees that the curriculum meets the necessary standards for professional practice.
  •  Review and update training materials regularly to reflect current BPS guidelines and best practices.

Adherence to ethical standards

  • Implement the BPS "Code of Ethics and Conduct" within your organisation’s policies and procedures.
  • Conduct regular ethics training for staff to ensure they understand and can apply ethical principles in their work.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

  • Encourage and facilitate ongoing CPD for all psychological practitioners. The BPS provides resources and guidelines for CPD activities.
  • Maintain accurate records of CPD activities and ensure they meet the requirements set by the BPS.

Compliance audits and reviews

  • Regular audits of practices and procedures should be conducted to ensure they comply with BPS standards and relevant legislation.
  • Use tools such as ComplyPlus™ to manage and monitor compliance effectively.

Recommended best practice for compliance

Implementing these best practices helps organisations stay aligned with BPS guidelines and ensures high standards of psychological practice. Key recommendations include:

  • Utilise technology for compliance management - Tools like ComplyPlus™ can streamline the management of legislative and regulatory compliance. These tools help track regulation changes, manage compliance tasks, and generate reports to demonstrate adherence.
  • Engage in peer review and supervision - Regular peer reviews and supervision sessions can help identify areas for improvement and ensure adherence to ethical and professional standards.
  • Stay informed of regulatory changes - Keep up-to-date with changes in regulations and guidelines issued by the BPS and other relevant bodies. This proactive approach ensures that your organisation remains compliant and maintains high standards of practice.


The British Psychological Society is integral to maintaining high standards in psychology. By adhering to BPS guidelines and implementing best practices, organisations can ensure they provide quality psychological services while remaining compliant with relevant regulations. Investing in accredited training, ethical standards, continuous professional development, and compliance management tools like ComplyPlus™ is essential for maintaining excellence in psychological practice.

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About the author

Dr Richard Dune

With over 20 years of experience, Richard blends a rich background in NHS, the private sector, academia, and research settings. His forte lies in clinical R&D, advancing healthcare tech, workforce development and governance. His leadership ensures regulatory compliance and innovation align seamlessly.

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