Guest Blog: Jodie Wells - NW PPN EBE Representation Steering Group
Hello all! Apologies for being a couple of weeks late with our blog this month. We wanted to stop by and provide an update on our ongoing project looking into EBE involvement in the psychological professions following completion of our survey. We received a number of responses from a range of psychological professions, including Health Psychology, CBT Therapists, Family and Systemic Practitioners, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Clinical Psychologists. The data collected included information about areas that highlight good practice with regards to involvement by EBEs (research, teaching, and selection) and some barriers to involvement (time, prioritisation, funding, and lack of guidelines).
As a group, we have spent time considering this and how best we respond to the things we have learned. As a result, we have decided to amend our project timeline and add in phases which could support us in learning more, and help build awareness of the benefits and breadth of EBE involvement in our professions.
We know we had suggested developing an EBE involvement good practice event across the North West, to celebrate involvement in all its forms, and offer an opportunity for networking. Responses from the survey suggested that people would welcome the prospect of developing regional groups and making links. We want to reassure people that this is very much in our minds, however we’d like to postpone it slightly to add in additional phases to our project timeline.
Given that, we are in the process of developing an animation and webinar which set out the context of EBE involvement and communicates the meaning and benefits for all those involved in co-production. We hope both of these things will act as educative resources for individuals, services and wider systems to improve awareness, and influence people to bring EBE involvement into their activity. We will be presenting our webinar to HEE to include organisations involved in commissioning, service delivery and workforce planning. We hope by increasing our audience, we will influence systems who have the power to create change and make suggestions regarding co-ordination, funding and support for increasing EBE involvement in public health services and the training of professionals.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.