Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Professional Network

The PWP Professional Network has been established to ensure that PWPs have solidarity and recognition as a new profession, and to enable appropriate representation of the PWP 'voice' in other forums.

What is a PWP?

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme was established in 2008 with the aim of establishing psychological therapy services to enable people to receive evidence based, NICE approved psychological therapies and interventions for common mental health problems.

In line with the programme, the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) role was developed specifically to deliver 'low intensity' interventions by working psychologically in a framework based on CBT principles, engaging with people earlier in their journey of mental health issues to promote their wellbeing.

PWPs help people use evidence-based psychological treatment in the form of guided self – help, in a way which is effective, accessible and person-centred. They use proven, straightforward and effective techniques which focus on people's own strengths.

University College London has recently undertaken a review of the PWP curriculum and the recommendations and updates from this review can be found HERE.

What are its aims? Who is it for?

The PWP Professional Network aims to unite PWPs throughout the North West with the intent of developing solidarity as a workforce and sharing and enhancing skills and knowledge. The group is open to Trainee PWPs, PWPs and Senior PWPs, and provides a central hub of resources as well as an online forum. The forum can be used to network with other PWPs, share skills and knowledge, and as a tool to solicit opinion from the workforce to help shape policy and inform PWP representation.

Resources

PWP Masterclasses

The network supports three PWP Masterclasses each year, hosted by the three trainee PWP providers in the North West (The University of Manchester, The University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University). The masterclasses provide an opportunity for PWPs to continue to develop professionally through the acquisition of new skills and disseminate relevant information, as well as network with colleagues across the north west. Guest speakers are invited to present on topics and skills developments to support the PWP workforce to build on their core knowledge and skills while maintaining fidelity to the PWP role.

For more information about the masterclasses and access to resources please visit the PWP Masterclasses page.

Senior PWP Group

The Senior PWP Group had its inaugural meeting in October 2014 and meets on a bi-annual basis to support the work of the PWP Professional Network and begin to work on issues which may arise for the PWP workforce, both at a local and national level. The chair of the PWP Professional Network also sits on the PPN Workforce Board.

For more information about the group and access to resource please visit the SIG page.

Key contacts

  • North West

Liz Kell, Chair of PWP Professional Network and Senior PWP Group
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Katie Kay, Co-chair of PWP Professional Network and Senior PWP Group
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Paula Smith, Coordinator of PWP Masterclass Working Group 
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  • North East

Lisa Atkinson, Chair of Senior PWP Network
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Liz King, Deputy chair of Senior PWP Network
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  • Yorkshire and Humber

Heather Stonebank, Acting Chair of Senior PWP Network
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