We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these very uncertain times. My thoughts are with all of those affected by the current crisis, including all the key workers in health and social care helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
There has rightly been a lot of emphasis in the media on the work of staff in front line services over recent weeks. We believe it is very likely that psychological professionals will soon be working on a new front line in mental health, as well as in supporting the psychological rehabilitation of those severely affected by Coronavirus. We are expecting a surge in the need for mental health as a result of the pandemic in the coming weeks, months and years. Over recent weeks I know how hard psychological professionals have been working to move services to remote delivery and to keep them running. Sometimes this has meant taking up unfamiliar roles or ways of working. Thank you for everything you are doing.
We, the PPN in collaboration with the psychological professional bodies, have created some guidance to help establish the national position regarding:
The PPN has also pulled together specific guidance around remote delivery of services and any information governance issues of relevance to the psychological professions. We hope you will find these resources helpful with your work as a psychological professional.
Over recent weeks many have commented that the amount of information and guidance from many different sources has felt overwhelming. To help with managing this, we have created a COVID-19 resource page to put in one place information and guidance from national, regulatory and professional bodies with regards to how you deliver psychological interventions remotely, as well as guides to help support ourselves and our families wellbeing during these testing times. We have also collated some population psychology studies of interest.
On another note, we also understand the service users, carers and families may find this time even more distressing if they believe psychological services are not open for business. We want people to come forward and seek help when they need it. We have also created a handy infographic to help communicate the message to the public that psychological professions are still working and delivering care and treatment through telephone and videoconferencing. This also tells people how to find local services.
Please do look after yourselves, as well as others at this time.
Chair, PPN KSS | National Lead of Psychological Professions, NHS England and Improvement