PPN North West supports the most active and longest-lived IAPT network in England and it is a great example of the potential that comes from collaboration between practitioners, service managers, clinical leads, academics and commissioners.
Last week committed service managers and clinical leads planned the next IAPT Leadership and Innovation Forum http://www.nwppn.nhs.uk/index.php/resources/iapt-collaborative and enthusiastic clinicians trained in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) met for the second time at their Special Interest Group. Alongside this, the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Professional Network http://www.nwppn.nhs.uk/index.php/resources/psychological-wellbeing-practitioners established a task and finish group to develop new guidelines for the recruitment of trainee, qualified and ‘agency’ PWPs and have been busy organising the Senior PWP meeting and their next master class. All rounded off with the launch of the new ‘Debate Section’ of the Northern IAPT Practice Research Network http://www.iaptprn.com.
What’s really impressive is this is happening in a context where expectation for greater and greater efficiency is being placed on psychological practitioners and the services they work for. We are only just beginning to understand the effects that competitive tendering will have on the stability of the IAPT workforce, or the impact on standards for future recruits and continual professional development of existing staff. But what we do know is that in times like these the temptation can be to ‘keep your head down’.
High challenge environments like IAPT services are stressful, but they can also be energising, stimulating and innovative. The PPN aims to support the development of communities of practice where IAPT commissioners, managers, practitioners and educators can come together to debate ideas and solve problems with the shared aim of promoting excellence in psychological health and wellbeing for everyone in our community.
So, have you got something to ask and don’t know where to where to start? Come along to the next IAPT Leadership & Innovation Forum on 2nd June 2015 in Preston, join the PWP Professional Network; or take a look at the IAPT PRN Debate Section, articulate your opinions and perhaps even be energised by the controversies of IAPT…. the first topic is one that should get you going ‘Should IAPT Services be included in the AQP Framework?’