Here’s what Sarah-Jane Stewart, Deputy Chair of the PPN SE Health Psychology Subnetwork has to say about Psychological Professions Week…
Some personal highlights from the perspective of a trainee Health Psychologist include the sessions led by Dr Clare Daniel on maximising the impact of psychological practice in physical healthcare, and Prof Jo Hart and Dr Atiya Kamal on building healthy communities. These sessions really celebrated the work of our discipline, and how COVID-19 has been an opportunity to amplify the voice of Health Psychologists, and Psychological Professionals in general. Clare’s reflections on how we can improve the understandings of our differing competencies within both psychological and non-psychological professionals, and how we can maintain this amplified voice beyond COVID-19 were particularly thought-provoking. As were Jo and Atiya’s comments on the importance of continued and increased collaboration to influence healthcare beyond our discipline, and how psychological professionals are instrumental in supporting collective efficacy. However, most of all I welcomed the positive tone and practical usefulness of these sessions. I’ve come away feeling more inspired and motivated to keep going in our collective efforts to improve health and wellbeing.
If you were unable to join the conference, you can register and find recordings of the entire conference week here https://fsmevents.com/ppn/. Please get in touch here, and invite your colleagues to join our subnetwork here.
PhD Student & Trainee Health Psychologist
Deputy Chair of the PPN South East Subnetwork for Health Psychologists