The Psychological Professions Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex (PPN KSS) is working on a number of projects with regional and national impact. The project ideas originate from regional stakeholder engagement events. The projects were launched at our inaugural conference in October 2018 and showcased at the 2019 annual conference.
Here is an overview and update of our ongoing project work:
- Psychological Professions Into Action
‘Psychological Professions Into Action’ aims to bring together the 12 psychological professions across England into a more cohesive and connected community that can have the biggest possible positive impact for the public. Through national online conversations and physical events, this project seeks to engage and connect psychological professions nationwide to create a refreshed understanding of each other’s roles, their collective value, and to begin to establish new ways of working as a more cohesive group, towards shared goals. This project is commissioned by the Psychological Professions Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex on behalf of Health Education England, and facilitated by the crowdsourcing research company Clever Together.
Three national workshops were held and now closed. The focus now is to read and analyse every single idea and comment that was shared in the latest online workshop. You can still register to read what was shared but no longer able to add new comments. Further information can be found on the Psychological Professions into Action website here
- Creating a Career Map for the Psychological Professions
Each of the psychological professions has a different training route, and there was no single resource to access career information about the different professions. This can be confusing for those who wish to find out more about the career choices on offer.
In order to address this gap, we have created an interactive career map that uniquely provides an electronic resource to inform career choices for those wishing to join the psychological professions workforce, or those wanting to find out more about the psychological professions. The career map can be found on our website here
- Developing Leadership in the Psychological Professions
The Psychological Professions occupy a vast array of leadership and management roles in NHS commissioned services, and have a unique skills set to contribute a specialist psychological perspective. However, psychological professionals don’t always recognise their own leadership and management competencies, nor how they relate to a broader NHS leadership agenda. There is also a relative lack of visibility of senior psychological professional roles, as well as a poor track record of recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the communities served.
We have produced a report that outlines these and other issues further, with a set of recommendations on how to address these. Click here to access the report.
- Promoting Psychological Practice in Physical Healthcare
The Psychological Professions have important contributions to make in physical healthcare, in order to support more integrated physical, psychological and social healthcare provision, and more psychologically informed systems. There are challenges to achieving this more fully, and we have produced report that outlines these issues further, with a set of recommendations on how to address these. Click here to access the report.
- Forming Evidence into Practice Partnerships
We conducted a survey across the region to find out how psychological professionals define evidence-based practice, and the challenges and opportunities in applying, accessing and informing the evidence base. We also interviewed experts by experience on the same topics. As a result of the data we gathered, we will be working on outputs in 2020 that will further promote evidence based practice, and the importance of the dynamic interplay between research, clinical expertise, and patient preference.
- Exploring the Contribution of Psychological Professions to Promoting Wellbeing in Communities
Psychological Professions have a lot to offer to contribute to wellbeing in communities, even though traditionally they have offered psychological support to individual, couples and groups during times of ill-health. A report that identifies psychological approaches that develop wellbeing in communities, transferrable skills in the psychological professions, and examples of innovative practice will soon be published.
- Promoting the Multi-faceted Work of the Psychological Professions
'We do more than you think' was the title of the poster presentation at our 2019 Annual Conference. This is because the perception of the work we do is often coterminous with direct psychological support for individuals, couples or groups. However, there are all the other more 'indirect' aspects which this project is promoting. These include supervision, consultation and training of staff and teams in psychological formulations, psychological skills or psychologically informed practice, as well as service development and research.
You will be seeing more outputs in 2020 that will promote the multi-faceted work that we do.