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I am delighted to welcome you to this special #PsychologicalProfessionsWeek newsletter edition of the PPN South East, and express a very warm welcome to all new members who have joined us!
The PPN connects all psychological professionals, those in training or aspiring to train in one of the 12 psychological professions, and anyone who is interested in shaping psychological healthcare or making the NHS more psychologically informed - in partnership with experts by experience – within a community of practice.
Given the circumstances we find ourselves in this year and not being able to host a regional in person conference, all the PPNs in England joined up this year in one big collaborative effort to host the first ever national PPN Conference! Ambitious as we are, we turned into a whole week of online events, which you can continue to access for up to six months by registering and logging in here.
At the conference I was delighted to present on how we set in motion the wheels for the professional movement that we now have #PsychologicalProfessionsIntoAction #PPsIntoAction! It all started with my very own idea when I took up my post to develop this regional PPN, that we needed to do something to create a more unifying, cohesive narrative together as psychological professionals. This observation and conversations that unfolded, culminated in the national campaign and the 3 online workshops we held across England in the first half of 2020. The rich data that emerged, informed the first ever national Vision for the Psychological Professions that was unveiled by Adrian Whittington at the conference.
There are 5 visionary planets, which you can access here (for full infographic), and is a resource for you to use, share with your colleagues and managers, and we invite you to put your commitments into action! Very soon this will develop into an interactive component on our website. Meanwhile I am proud to say that here in the South East, our PPN workstreams align to these visionary planets quite seamlessly:
I think there is nothing else for me to say but to thank everyone who has been and is involved in our workstreams and community of practice in 2020, and, the hard work of our very own Senior Assistant Psychologists Amy Pound and Brad Powell!
Last not least, in these very unpredictable times, I do hope our conference and our resources have brought some inspiration into your life. With all my heart, I wish you all the very best for the forthcoming festive season in whatever way you are able to engage with it. Here’s to a new year 2021.
With my very best wishes
Clinical Programme Manager, PPN South East