Head of Practice

British Psychological Society

  • Permanent
Specialisms:Education, Not for profit
Date posted:27th March 2024
Closing date:26th April 2024

Organisation Overview:

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is a professional membership body dedicated to supporting psychologists in a variety of industries. With a bold, progressive outlook advocating and championing the discipline maintaining high standards through the continued development of best practice, the BPS can raise the profile of Psychology so that more people understand the power of what psychology can do.

With a rich history of promoting excellence, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to join an organisation which provides accreditation to 1200 courses across 140 institutions.

Position Overview:

As the Head of Practice, you will play a significant role in overseeing the development and implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing professional practice. You will work closely with internal teams to identify key areas for improvement. This role requires a dynamic individual with a background in Psychology, excellent leadership skills, and a keen understanding of delivering practice programmes of work that offer members value.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the creation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes to support practitioners in maintaining and enhancing their skills and knowledge.
  • Produce professional guidance and resources to assist practitioners in their day-to-day work, ensuring alignment with relevant policies, latest research, and best practices.
  • Review existing guidance and practices to identify areas for improvement and ensure they remain up-to-date and relevant.
  • Work collaboratively with internal research and insight teams to identify gaps in current practices and develop strategies to address them.
  • Assemble groups from the membership with the appropriate skills and professional background to co-produce various practice-related initiatives.
  • Anticipate and respond to workforce needs, practitioner development needs and routes into training.
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness by exploring opportunities to generate income through practice-related activities and services.
  • Manage three direct reports Professional Practice & Development Manager, Workforce Development Manager, Qualifications Manager


  • You must hold a Psychology degree or equivalent qualification, with a deep understanding of the principles and practices of psychology.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role within the field of Psychology, with a track record of driving initiatives and achieving results.
  • Strong understanding of the wider professional context of the delivery of psychological, services in  public sector settings such as NHS, Government, Education and the private sector would be useful.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to make informed judgments on complex issues and provide guidance accordingly.
  • Experience managing teams and overseeing multiple projects simultaneously.


  • 25 days of annual leave.
  • Pension scheme with up to 10% employer contribution
  • Life insurance coverage at 4x salary.
  • Generous maternity scheme
  • Opportunity to work remotely from anywhere in the UK

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about advancing Psychology and have the skills and experience to excel in this role, please contact Az Ahmed at az@andersonquigley.com or on 07873 628 945 if you would like to know more.

Please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position in relation to the person specification.

British Psychological Society

Any questions?

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