Getting Started with the BPS
A 5-minute guide to this new resource
for BPS members
The Connected Community is a new benefit of
BPS membership, it enables you to…
• Find and keep in touch with other members
• Form networks and working groups
• Share files with colleagues
• Blog and discuss issues that affect you on a daily basis
Your colleagues are already there!
This 5-minute guide will take you through some
practical steps on getting started, including:
• Creating your profile
• Connecting with colleagues
• Managing your privacy
• Joining and participating in communities
• Sharing and searching for resources
Click on the link in the grey box at the top right hand side of the screen to
review your profile and contact information. You can:
• Upload your picture
• Complete your biographical information
• Suggest areas of special interest to you, or topics on which you would
be happy to consult, if asked
Step 1: Create your profile
If your name, contact address or other details are wrong, you will
need to update them on the profile page of the main BPS website
The correct details will then appear on the community site within
The more you share - the better the system works
But, don’t share anything you are uncomfortable with
being seen by other BPS members.
Members of the public will not be able to see any
• Search for colleagues using the ‘Find a member’ function in the Directory
• Send messages to other members through the Connected Community system
(there is a button to help you do this under the contact information in each
• Add contacts: request a member becomes a contact once you have visited
their profile page. You’ll find this in the same place as above - under contact
information. This step will help you begin to build your online network
Step 2: Connect with other members
We take your privacy very seriously. Only BPS members can view your profile
and contact you through the site. Your photo, contact information and any
discussions you take part in do not make it into the public domain.
However, there is more you can do to control your privacy, if you would like:
• Go to: My Profile > My Privacy Settings
Who sees what
What you receive
Step 3: Manage your privacy
If you have previously signed up to a Special Interest Group, or are a member of a
committee, you’ll already be a part of a network, and can start discussing issues
that are important to you straight away. Otherwise, here’s how you get started:
• Go to: Directory > All Communities > Show All > Member Created
• Choose one of interest to you, click on the Members tab, then Join Community
You are then subscribed to that community, and can choose to receive
updates in a variety of ways:
Step 4: Join a community
You will not be able to join any BPS Committees using this site.
If you would like to join a committee, please get in touch with
the BPS office – we’d be delighted to help.
Once you have joined a community or committee, you can contact each other
• Post a message using the ‘Post’ link in the Latest Discussion Postings section of
your community page. You can attach a file, just like an email, and the file will be
added to your community library.
• Your message will be sent to your community group, and each member can
reply via email or by logging on to the Community site.
• The original post, and any subsequent replies, are then sent to
each member of the community, so everyone can keep track of
Step 5: Join a community
If you would like to share resources with fellow BPS members, you are very
welcome to do so. You could share research information, reviews of meetings,
educational materials, or really anything else you think might be helpful (as long
as you own the copyright!).
Remember to describe and tag your documents so they will be easily retrieved by
• Go to: Resources > Add Document, then follow the steps to help
you upload your resource.
One more thing to get you started…
Getting started is easy, but we’d recommend the following approach:
1.Complete your profile
2.Adjust privacy settings
3.Find 3 colleagues and make connections
4.Join or start a community (or 2, 3, 4 or more!)
So, what should you do first…?
If you have any questions or problems with the site, please contact Carol Medal,
BPS Information Systems Manager, using this site, or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org