Fr-INV-SYM6-2 - Implementing Policy Change In The UK: Contributions From Occupational Psychology

Invited Symposium
Friday May 19   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Elan Theatre
Contribution 4
Implementing policy change in the UK: Contributions from Occupational Psychology
Christine Hamilton, and Rosalind Searle BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
The British Psychology Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology ‘Occupational Psychology in Public Policy’ (OPIPP) working group was established to improve our capacity to draw on and communicate our evidence base to policymakers and decision-makers, and promote awareness of the expertise of Occupational Psychology..
Here we outline proactive policy influencing work featuring a report focusing on culture change within a health context. This report followed two other major reviews commissioned in response to a major issue at a hospital, which identified significant culture change as necessary to improve patient safety in the NHS. This was designed to move the debate on from ‘what’ needs to be done to ‘how’ it can be done. It is designed for audience including the UK Government’s health sector policy-makers and the media.
We outline the variety of stakeholders whose policies we seek to engaged and raise awareness of our work and draw on their knowledge and contacts We will discuss capability building to respond effectively to consultations and calls for evidence in the longer-term, including horizon scanning to better identify potential areas where Occupational Psychologists could influence public policy, monitoring consultations and supporting consultation responses that are relevant to Occupational Psychology, building potential spokespeople databases and improving our liaison with other professional groups.

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