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Tuesday 15th November


National Conference: Next steps for the psychological professions - realising our vision

Chair: Dr Adrian Whittington, Co-Chair, PPN England and Co-Chair, PPN South East

Speaker NameSpeaker Title
Debi ReillyNational Director of Education Programmes/Regional Director (South West), Health Education England
AlisonExpert by Experience
JoshExpert by Experience
AmyExpert by Experience
Ailsa SwarbrickHead of Mental Health (Perinatal, Children and Young People), NHS England

Overview of Session

The people of England are facing health and care challenges that demand radical action. The psychological professions can be part of the solution. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to grow and develop the psychological professions to enable a more psychological NHS.

This session will set out plans for the next phase of delivery of the psychological professions vision to address the challenges and opportunities of the next five years.


National Conference: Experts by Experience (EBE) in the psychological professions - adding value and transforming lives.

Chairs: Dr Estelle Moore, Chair, PPN London and Dr Maggie Rosairo, Chair, PPN East of England

Speaker NameSpeaker Title
AlisonExpert by Experience
HilaryExpert by Experience
BevExpert by Experience
JoeExpert by Experience

Overview of Session

This will be a co-produced and co-delivered session reviewing a range of involvements across the country to share and celebrate how EBEs work in partnership with healthcare staff to enhance learning, practice and to improve healthcare outcomes. Public involvement is a national requirement for the design and delivery of healthcare services and for EBE involvement throughout practitioner psychologist training.

Please join this session to hear EBE voices discuss the benefits of EBE involvement in the psychological professions and beyond.

Wednesday 16th November


National Conference: What can the Psychological Professions Networks do for me, and what can I do for the Psychological Professions Network (PPN)?

Chair: Dr Gita Bhutani, Co-Chair, PPN England and Co-Chair, PPN North West

Speaker NameSpeaker Title
Dr Liz KellPrincipal Lecturer for Academic Development/ Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychological Therapies, University of Central Lancashire
Sam StricklandGraduate Research Assistant, Psychological Professions Network South West (PPN-SW)
JoeExpert by Experience
Mike BurgessHead of Workforce Transformation, NHS England and Health Education England

Overview of Session

The Psychological Professions Network started in 2013. In the last three years, the network has expanded to include regional networks across England. Membership is now over 10,000 and the PPNs contribute to developments and innovation nationally and regionally.

This session will outline the PPN model, provide examples of how the PPN has informed, enabled and influenced the development of the psychological professions and exploring how you can get involved.


National Conference: Reflecting on equality and diversity in the psychological professions

Chairs: Dr Bill Tiplady, Co-Chair, PPN South East and Dr Margo Ononaiye, Widening Participation Lead, PPN South East

Speaker NameSpeaker Title
PaulExpert by Experience
Dr Anita JenkinsConsultant Psychologist, Community Mental Health Recovery Service Guildford
Leila LawtonSenior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Equality & Culture Chair, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Susanna PayneChildren and Young People Mental Health Training Programmes Co-director, Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London

Overview of Session

This session will centre around a panel discussion in which colleagues from a cross section of personal and professional backgrounds will share their stories of how they have experienced, navigated, or learned about issues of diversity and (in) equality in the psychological professions.

Panellists will share their stories and debate key questions – with the opportunity for audience members to shape the discussion.

Thursday 17th November


National Conference: Progressing your career in the psychological professions

Chairs: Prof Catherine Gallop, Co-Chair, PPN South West and Dr Liz Kell, Co-Chair, PPN North West

Speaker Name Speaker Title
Omar Ramjiawon Highly Specialist Forensic Psychologist, West London NHS Trust
Marie Ash Senior Peer Support Worker, Safer from suicide team, Devon Partnership Trust
Sandra Healey Step 2 Service Manager, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Maria Anna Stokes Forensic Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Hannah Sherbersky Associate Professor, Systemic Psychotherapist, Deputy Director of Post Graduate Taught Programmes and Co-Director of Systemic Portfolio, CEDAR Association for Family Therapy - CEO
Natasha Pisarski Return to Practice National Programme Lead: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Health Education England

Overview of Session

This session will explore stories to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities to develop your career across a range of psychological professions.

The session will include a focus on leadership development, clinical specialism, progressing into a clinical academic career and increased knowledge of options in relation to career breaks, return to practice or changing professional pathways.


National Conference: Showcasing alternative career routes: experiences of the new psychological practitioner roles

Chair: Dr Bill Tiplady, Co-Chair, PPN South East

Speaker Name Speaker Title
Millie Boon Trainee Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sam Henson Trainee Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Karen Veri Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Programme Learning and Development Lead, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Freya Waller Education Mental Health Practitioner, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Lauren Easson Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sabahat Malik Educational Mental Health Practitioner, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Overview of Session

This session will look at the context of psychological professions careers and showcase the career map and animations.

Join this session to hear from Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Education Mental Health Practitioners and Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners who tell their stories and their different entry routes including non-degree backgrounds. Also hear from supervisors and workplaces about impact and value of these roles.

Friday 18th November


National Conference: Where next for psychological practice in physical healthcare?

Chairs: Prof Lucie Byrne-Davis, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Manchester and a Health and Care Professions Council registered Health Psychologist

Speaker Name Speaker Title
Dr Sunny Kalsy Chair of Psychological Professions Network Midlands
Terry Expert by Experience
Alison Expert by Experience
Dr Leo Russell Clinical Psychologist and Professional Lead for the Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Psychology Service, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Dr Eleanor Bull Honorary Senior Lecturer and Senior Health Psychologist, Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Miranda Budd Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Prof Paul Farrand Professor of Evidence-Based Psychological Practice and Research / Director of Portfolio: Low- intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Exeter

Overview of Session

A growing number of the psychological professions work within physical health and primary care, as such it is an area ripe for workforce development and evidence based clinical innovation.

This session will look at ways in which the psychological professions are driving innovation within multi-professional physical health care settings and developing roles that have the potential to shape the future direction of physical health care.

PP Week Closing Remarks – Dr Adrian Whittington & Dr Gita Bhutani, Co-Chairs, PPN England

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