About Our Members

PPN North West brings together qualified and trainee psychological professionals working in NHS commissioned services in the North West of England in a single multi-professional network.

Within the North West there are approximately 3000 qualified psychological professionals working for NHS commissioned services. The workforce consists of a number of different professional groupings the most common being psychologists, psychological therapists, counselors, psychotherapists, psychological wellbeing practitioners, graduate mental health workers, child and family therapists, couples and arts therapists.

The network offers full membership and associate membership.

Full membership - Shared standards

Psychological Professionals who have full membership of PPN North West are:

  • primarily employed by NHS commissioned services that provide psychological intervention for the treatment of mental health problems as a primary or co-morbid condition and/or provide training in psychological therapies and/or professions that is accredited by the relevant professional organisation
  • qualified through having undertaken an accredited skills based training programme specific to the psychological approach or therapy they provide and that is recognised by the relevant professional or regulatory body
  • eligible to register with the accreditation and/or regulatory body that governs practice for their specific psychological profession and/or specific therapy they provide.

Common features of all Psychological Professionals

Working across the life span
Psychological professionals are found working across the whole of the life span, from childhood, through to adolescence, adulthood and later years. Their common aim is to work alongside individuals and families using patient centered psychological approaches and talking therapies to help them manage symptoms of acute mental health problems, promote recovery, and support the development of resilience in psychological health and mental wellbeing.

Patient Centred Care Diagram

Providing help for the whole range of mental health problems
Psychological Professionals work with people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, across a continuum of severity and complexity. Problems may be single episode and acute, or relapsing and longer term.

The types of problems they can help with include: anxiety disorders (including generalised anxiety disorder, panic, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder , phobias, health anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder); depression; psychosis; bi-polar disorder; personality disorder; deliberate self injury; eating disorders, alcohol and substance misuse; adjustment to life events such as bereavement, illness and loss.

Psychological Professionals usually work within a stepped model of care with the duration, intensity and complexity of the interventions provided being targeted to the needs of the patient.

They also often work in partnership with colleagues from the other health and mental health professions such as general practitioners, practice nurses, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and psychiatrists.

Employed in a range of services
Psychological Professionals can be found working across the whole of health care. The types of services where psychological practitioners can be commonly found are:

  • Assertive Out Reach Services
  • Community Psychiatric Mental Health Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Clinical Psychology Services
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Family and Couples Therapy Services
  • Hospital Liaison Services
  • Memory Assessment Services
  • Older People's Mental Health Services
  • Palliative Care Services
  • Primary Care Mental Health Services
  • Prison Health Mental Health Services
  • Psychiatric Inpatient Services
  • Psychological Therapy Services
  • Services for People with learning Disabilities
  • Specialist Psychotherapy Services
  • Substance Misuse Services

Collaborative care & integrated care pathways

This area of work is increasingly recognised as having great potential for enhancing the experience and outcomes of care in areas such as cancer care, genetic medicine, sexual medicine, and management of long-term medical conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Psychological professionals can increasingly be found working collaboratively in health and social care teams, in schools, in hospitals, voluntary and community sector services that have been commissioned by the NHS.

Within integrated care pathways psychological professionals provide specialist input into teams seeing patients, and providing supervision and consultation. Examples of this work can be found in the Supporting Clinical Excellence section.

Learning more about our members

As a developing organisation PPN North West aims to identify all potential members of the network.

Associate membership

Trainee membership of PPN North West is available to all trainees undertaking accredited training programmes.

Associate membership of PPN is available to clinicians, managers and commissioners who work with NHS commissioned NHS services, who do not meet full membership eligibility as a psychological professional but are interested in the psychological professions and the work of the network. If you are interested in joining the network but you are not sure if it is for you, or you think we have overlooked your profession please do not hesitate to contact us we will be very pleased to hear from you.

Useful resources

Roth & Pilling Competence Frameworks for the Delivery and Supervision of Psychological Therapies
Improving Workforce Planning for the Psychological Therapies Workforce (April 2012) - Centre for Workforce Intelligence

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