Dr Gita E Bhutani
Chair of the North West Psychological Professions Network, Co-chair of Psychological Professions Network England, National Psychological Professions Development Lead, Associate Director for Psychological Professions, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust,Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
Gita is a clinical psychologist and has specialised in working with older people and adults in Glasgow, Salford and currently Lancashire. She is a founding member of the Psychological Professions Network and its current chair. Gita's current role is as Associate Director for Psychological Professions at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. This post combines a governance and leadership role with management. Gita's current clinical work is within the Lancashire Traumatic Stress Service.
Her current clinical and research interests are in post-traumatic stress and staff health and wellbeing. She is currently a co-investigator on a RfPB funded research project on Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Psychosis . She is also a member of the New Savoy Conference/BPS/DCP Wellbeing Steering Group working on the annual wellbeing survey.
Gita contributes to national and professional bodies including committee work and roles at NICE as interim chair of Quality Standards Advisory Committee 1, the National Psychological Professions Workforce Group and the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. Gita is currently supporting HEE with psychological professions input into developing PPNs and supporting psychological professions input into the NHS Long Term Plan.
Programme Manager, North West Psychological Professions Network
Clare Baguley is the programme manager for the Psychological Professions Network based within Health Education England working across the North West. Clare has a clinical and academic background in community mental health and psychological therapies. Having initially qualified as a mental health nurse, Clare undertook further post graduate training as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy and developed her clinical practice in multi-professional psychological therapy services. Subsequently she led the University of Manchester post-graduate education programme for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners under the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and became the regional IAPT programme field lead as part of the north west regional implementation team.
Clare has held regional and national responsibilities for managing and developing the teaching and learning interface with clinical practice in the NHS. She has contributed to training, research and publications on primary care mental health with a particular interest in the use of psychological approaches in physical health care settings and the development of mental wellbeing and resilience in the health and care workforce.