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Promoting Excellence In Psychological Health & Wellbeing

Dr Adrian Whittington

Dr Adrian Whittington

Dr Adrian Whittington Chair, Psychological Professions Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dr Adrian Whittington is National Lead for Psychological Professions at NHS England / Improvement and Health Education England. Adrian is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. He is passionate about growing mental health and wellbeing through working with communities, through education, and enabling wider access to evidence-based interventions and therapies. Adrian also holds roles as the Clinical Lead for Mental Health at Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, as National Clinical Advisor on Education to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme at NHS England. Adrian specialises clinically in psychological therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and teaches on a number of Postgraduate Programmes for Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. Adrian has written and co-edited books on anxiety, CBT, and clinical psychology. Selected Publications Bourne, P., Meddings, S. and Whittington, A. (2017). An Evaluation of Service use Outcomes in a Recovery College. Journal of Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1417557 https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2017.1417557 Stevens, D., Whittington, A., Moulton-Perkins, A., & Palachandran, V. (2015). Volunteer Psychology Internships: Conveyor belt of Exploitation or Stepping Stone to Success? Clinical Psychology Forum, 270, 34-39. Davey, G., Lake, N., & Whittington, A. (2015). Topics in Applied Psychology: Clinical Psychology (2nd Ed.). Routledge: London. Whittington, A. & Grey, N. (2014). How to Become a More Effective CBT Therapist: Mastering Metacompetence in Clinical Practice. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester. Whittington, A., Smalley, V., & Goble, L. (2007). Is it worth investing in Statement of Equivalence (SoE) Training? Part 1: Do SoE candidates increase workforce diversity and do they continue to work in the NHS? Clinical Psychology Forum, 177, 13-17. Whittington, A. & Burns, J. (2005). The dilemmas of residential care staff working with the challenging behaviour of people with learning disabilities. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 44, 59-76.

Dr Alice Plummer

Dr Alice Plummer

Dr Alice Plummer Clinical Programme Manager, Psychological Professions Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dr Alice Plummer is the Clinical Programme Manager for the Psychological Professions Network (PPN), employed by Sussex Partnership on behalf of Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Alice is a Principal Clinical Psychologist, with extensive experience of working with adults of all ages with trauma and high levels of psychological distress, troubling symptoms, long term physical health and co-morbid mental health conditions. Alice is also an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner, and has a postgraduate diploma in counselling. Alice was a sick children’s nurse before becoming a clinical psychologist, and has a long-standing practice of compassionate care and multi-disciplinary working. Alice is very passionate about joining up all the psychological professions both within the region as well as nationally across all regions, so we have a more unified strategic voice to influence NHS commissioned psychological healthcare, and further integrate bio-medical and psycho-social approaches. The PPN brings together those who plan, deliver and use psychological healthcare within a community of psychological practice. Alice is very dedicated to working in partnership with experts by experience, so we can ultimately better serve the people and communities we work with.

Ritika Kochhar

Ritika Kochhar

Ritika Kochhar Project Officer, Psychological Professions Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ritika has joined the PPN KSS with a background in Psychology (BSc and MSc) and previously has worked as a Senior Assistant Psychologist overseeing the recruitment of pre-registration practitioners for a local mental health Trust in Sussex. She is passionate about contributing to new and existing workforce recruitment, wellbeing and retention in healthcare to ensure the NHS is creating a sustainable workforce which meets the demands of new ways of working. In addition, Ritika has a keen interest in widening access to the psychological professions for people from all backgrounds, especially where systemic barriers exist. Ritika is excited about the future of psychology in the NHS and how PPN projects, current and future, will be able to support the vision of the Long Term and Interim People Plans.

Ingrid De Almeida

Hello everyone, my name is Ingrid de Almeida and I have just begun my new role as the new team administrator for the South East Psychological Professions Network and Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex Mental Health Programme. I will be working closely with my colleagues to ensure the PPN is able to deliver a great service to its members. I will be organising and supporting our quarterly board meetings and our bi-monthly newsletter, I will be monitoring the website and the first point of contact within the PPN and I'll help new and existing member with any possible queries they may have. I have previously worked as a hospital administrator and I also have a psychological background. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and years of experience as a mental health nursing assistant. I wish to put my knowledge and the skills I've learned over the years into practice and I hope to help bring people together. I believe a good structure is important for an organisation to thrive and fundamental for our PPN to develop. If you'd like to know more about PPN or have any other questions please visit https://www.kss-ppn.nhs.uk or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I look forward to working with you all and being part of the amazing team here at PPN.

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