Faculty formalises links with the Division of Neuropsychology (DoN)

Links with the Division of Neuropsychology

There are 113 members of FPOP who are also members of the DoN; neuropsychology and ageing is clearly an area of significance and shared interest.

This year I was co-opted by PSIGE Chair, Cath Burley, to represent the Faculty and liaise with the Division of Neuropsychology. Peter Rankin, Chair of the DoN Exec Committee has been most welcoming of developing links. In his annual report at the DoN AGM, peter spoke of our developing links:

‘Clearly, with an ageing population in many Western societies, understanding the neuropsychological implications of ageing will be a major concern for how society functions in the future. I hope that the closer links between DoN and PSIGE will help place the BPS in a better position to meet the mental health and
neuropsychological needs of the ageing population in the future’.

After I had attended one of the DoN Executive committee meetings, the structures were changed to mirror the DCP structures, and I am now attending the Membership Services Unit meetings, chaired by Jody Warner-Rogers. The aim of the MSU is broadly to bring in greater representation of the wider membership to the development of the DoN and improve communications within the Division as well as other professions, government and public agencies.

There is currently a vacancy for an FPOP representative on the Policy Unit of the DoN, and expressions of interest are welcomed. The Policy unit will aim to improve significantly the DoN’s response to government consultations, communication with commissioners, and to develop a proactive stance to improve the services and the support required for our client/patient populations.

There is also an exciting initiative to form a Faculty of Ageing and Neurodegenerative Conditions within the DoN. If we can bring together a small working group, Peter Rankin would host a meeting to further this. This could encourage a sharing of ideas and expertise and potentially further research. I hope that this will be on the agenda for the New Year. I am keen to assist and would welcome anyone who wishes to be involved at this early stage to contact me.

The DoN launched its inaugural conference in November – ‘The Rise and Fall of Cognition Across the Lifespan’. It was a real success with over 100 people attending, and keynote speakers Profs Barbara Wilson, Elizabeth Warrington and Faraneh Vargha-Khadem. One of the parallel workstreams was relevant to working with ageing and neurodegenerative conditions, with research presentations about Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s, and Frontotemporal Dementia. Conference proceedings will be reported on the DoN website.


FPoP: 18th Dec 2012 10:00:00


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