DCP Leadership & Management Faculty’s Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit: New Directions & Building for the Future for Psychological Professionals

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HEE Survey on Technology Enabled Learning

The Technology Enhanced Learning programme have been conducting a survey of the healthcare workforce in their attitudes towards technology for education and training. In 2017, Health Education England (HEE) commissioned educational research company Towards Maturity to undertake a learner experience survey across healthcare to help understand NHS attitudes and experience of using technology in learning. Over 1500 NHS staff helped to complete the survey which provided a rich picture of how different staff groups were using technology to access education and their experience of using Technology Enhanced Learning.

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Enhancing the quality of psychological interventions delivered by telephone (EQUITy)

Are you a psychological wellbeing practitioner with current or future responsibility for delivering telephone therapy?

We would like to have your opinion about a set of components we designed for a training intervention aiming to improve the quality of the delivery of telephone therapy. We would like to invite you to participate in a group meeting to discuss these training materials. We very much appreciate your experience in the field. Your participation is extremely important and it will help us to redefine and produce the final version of the training package. The group meeting is on Monday 18th November (10am-4pm, University of Manchester). Lunch and travel expenses will be covered.

Would you like to take part in this group meeting to help us develop materials for improving telephone therapy?

If you would like to know more about the study and/or take part, please contact Cintia asap, there are only a few places left to take part:

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Register your place now for the 'New Roles in Psychological Professions - Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) Workshop'

New Roles in Psychological Professions

There has been considerable interest in the potential of psychology graduates to be part of the health and care workforce.

The Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) role is a role with potential to support workforce development in the Psychological Professions.

CAPs initially developed in Scotland where the role is specific either to adults with common mental health problems (similar to IAPT) or children and families.  More recently, Exeter University in partnership with Cornwall Partnerships FT, have trailblazed the CAP role along with the development of a bespoke training programme, to address workforce recruitment problems in the South west of England. 

CAPs train for one year at Masters Level and once qualified operate at a Band 6 level. The CAPs must be supervised by a clinical psychologist and are trained to deliver assessment, formulation and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The vision for the CAP role is to create a new workforce to bridge the gap between graduate psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, developing the career pathway for graduate psychologists whilst enabling services to innovatively meet patient needs. CAPs are a unique way to address the psychology and wider mental health recruitment challenges.

The Apprenticeship Standard for CAPs is in the process of being approved and from January 2020 the Master’s Level Training Fees will be available to organisations through the Apprenticeship Levy.

In the North West and across the North of England there is growing interest in the potential of these roles. 

The PPN has organised a workshop on 7th November 2019, 1pm – 5pm at the King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester. 

The  workshop will provide an opportunity for Psychological Professions’ Leads, Service Managers, Workforce Planners, Commissioners and Education Providers to come together to explore opportunities to develop this role in the North West.

Information will be available about the role and how the apprenticeship standard can provide an effective development route.

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For registration, please use the link here.

Please distribute through your networks and forward to colleagues.

HEE & Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust: Training funding opportunity

Training funding opportunity

Building on the ‘The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVfMH)’ and ‘Stepping Forward to 2020/2021, The Mental Health Workforce Plan for England’, Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering funding packages to NHS and NHS Commissioned Providers of Mental Health services interested in transforming their workforce through the role of a ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioner'.

‘The Assistant Practitioner’ is a 2 year Higher Apprenticeship, with 1 day on training release at university. Therefore, the funding model will look to draw from the organisation’s apprenticeship Levy supplemented by a training grant provided by HEE. In the case of Non-Levy paying organisations, HEE will provide a funding package. For more information on the recruitment timeline, click here.

This intake is available for 2019/2020 across the North of England starting in January 2020 with a limited number of places. Training providers will be available across the North in each of the STP areas and will be announced shortly.

Candidates can be recruited internally or externally, however they will need to meet the HEI entry requirements. Please see the attached criteria.

To submit an Expression of Interest please complete the form in the attached Link.

Please note that the application deadline is Friday 25th October 2019 COP.

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health - Final places

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust will be holding 3 Stakeholder events across the North to explore the role of the Assistant Practitioner within Mental Health and invite you to attend one of the these events.  Please find attached a draft agenda for each event with further details.

Events will be held as follows:-

25th September 2019 - Manchester – 13:00 – 16:00

26th September 2019 - Leeds – 13:00 – 16:00

3rd October 2019 - Newcastle – 11:00 – 15:00

In order to secure your place, please email Kay Helliwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as soon as possible with your name and the event you wish to attend. Please note places are limited to 1 per organisation.

Public Health England (PHE) is launching “Every Mind Matters” on the 7th October 2019


The aim of the campaign will be to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to take care of their mental health and wellbeing – promoting a range of self-care actions to promote good mental health and tackle common problems, as well as signposting wider resources and services for those in greater need. 

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Rare Jewels Report - Specialist Parent Infant Services

Please see a copy of the Rare Jewels Report on Specialist Parent Infant Services. The report includes examples of best practice and clinical case studies.

Rare Jewels was released on 10th June at an APPG event at parliament which I attended. The report was completed by PIP UK (Parent Infant Partnership), a charity who run a number of Parent Infant Services across the UK. Specialist parent-infant relationship teams are multidisciplinary teams (e.g. Psychology, Psychotherapy, Health Visiting) with expertise in working with the important relationship between babies and their parents. These teams work at multiple levels, as experts, champions and providers of specialised care, such as parent infant psychotherapy and consultation to universal services. They enable local systems to offer effective, high-quality prevention and early intervention to give every baby the best start in life which is in keeping with the 1001 critical days manifesto. Specialist Parent Infant Services are separate and different to Perinatal Mental Health Services as their work focuses on the parent-infant relationship rather than the mental health of the mother.

The report highlights the lack of service provision for infants, toddlers and their parents across the UK. There are only 27 of these teams at present and most babies live in an area where there are no Specialist Parent Infant Services therefore there is little mental health provision for under 2s even though most CAMHS services are commissioned from 0-18. Within Lancashire one of our nearest Parent Infant Services is in Tameside, the Early Attachment Service (EAS) has been running for 12 years and is due to be rolled out across Greater Manchester showing that increasingly the value of these services is being realised by commissioners. Warrington, Liverpool, Knowsley, Leeds and Bradford all have Specialist Parent Infant Services. Within Perinatal Services, both across the Mother and Baby Unit and the Specialist Perinatal Community team, we are increasingly noticing the gap in service provision when we are discharging families from our teams.

The report recommends that by 2030 all babies under the age of 2 should have access to a Specialist Parent Infant Service and this is certainly something that would be of huge benefit within LCFT and to the families that we work with. My hope would be that be that over the next couple of years we could pilot a parent infant service on a small scale within LCFT.

Health Education England's launch of a new Population Health Fellowship programme

Health Education England (HEE) is launching a new Population Health Fellowship programme for health care workers in the NHS. There are 14 fellowships available for all NHS clinical staff (AFC Band 6 and above/Post Foundation Training) including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others, to develop skills in population health.

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Register your place now for the 2019 North West PPN Annual Conference: 'A Digital Future for the Psychological Professions: Implementing the TOPOL Review'

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

The Topol Review (HEE, 2019) highlights that the NHS finds itself at a unique point in the history of healthcare, with the convergence of new technologies, advances in genomics, developments in biosensors, the electronic patient record and smartphone apps, enabled by artificial intelligence within a digital infrastructure, creates the capacity of healthcare on to deliver personalised care in a far more rational, efficient and tailored basis.

Building a Digital Ready Workforce (BDR) is a national programme being led by HEE that aims to build a workforce that has the understanding and skills to use data, information, knowledge and technology to transform the way they offer health and care services.

The conference programme will provide the opportunity for psychological practitioners working across health and care in NHS commissioned services to better understand the vision of the NHS to become world leaders in digital innovation and to explore the implications and opportunities of digital technologies for the psychological professions in educational and clinical environments.

Over the past twelve months the profile of the PPN gathered significant pace across England. We have initiated  a range of projects, published a number of papers, collaborated with partner organisations and are working with stakeholders to strengthen representation of the Psychological Professions nationally.

We are delighted to be able to welcome colleagues from Kent, Surrey & Sussex PPN who will join us to celebrate our successes and launch our brand new ‘12 Psychological Professions’ Animation which is part of our drive to raise awareness of the vital contribution that the psychological professionals make everyday across health and care.

We will consider questions such as:

  • How can the practice of the psychological professions workforce respond to the new digital agenda?
  • What role can we play in informing the safe and effective application of digital technologies?
  • What support does the workforce need to meet the ambitious vision for the NHS to be world leading in digitally enhanced care?

The programme includes:

  • Members of the national Topol Review team presenting the findings and recommendations of the Review for the NHS workforce and mental health care.
  • Presentations from local innovators and leaders in the development of digital ways of working
  • The service user and carer perspective on their reactions and questions about digital ways of working
  • The opportunity to explore the theme of digital working and network with peers and health care partners.

The programme will be circulated shortly.

To register your place, click here.