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PPN North West Blog

The PPN North West blog provides updates, opinion pieces on a regular but intermittent basis. The focus of the blog is to stimulate thought about how psychological approaches play a role in health care. Members are particularly encouraged to contribute so if you are interested in writing a blog for our website then please get in touch with us for further details on ppn.north@hee.nhs.uk.

A National Voice?

The Health Secretary needs a Psychologist appointment was the title of an article recently published in the Health Services Journal (HSJ). The HSJ for those who may not know is a professional journal aimed at managers and senior leads in health and socialcare. The article sets out reasons why a chief psychologist is needed.  It describes the advisory role the individual would provide.  These include (taken from the article):  

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Good mental health

There’s been a lot about mental health recently from our politicians of all persuasions.  I think it’s really encouraging that these speeches and debates have started to happen.   It may be just be talk at the moment and party conferences don’t mean definite change but regardless of your own personal views on politics and politicians, it’s still good to talk. 

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What’s been happening?

It’s been a while…

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Innovators or change champions - what’s the difference?

I was recently at a meeting where the topic of innovation and change came up and the discussion highlighted innovation and change champions as being key to this.  However, colleagues were divided as to whether innovators and change champions were the same or different.   Innovators were described as the people with new ideas who do things differently and could perhaps be described as mavericks.  As an aside, I’m not sure when maverick started becoming a negative description with healthcare but it does seem to have these connotations that mavericks are difficult, dangerous and need to be reined in and managed properly.   

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PPN Launch Day: Food for Thought or Well-being in a wider world?

The PPN Launch day took place on Wednesday 26th February 2014.  It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces at the event.  It was a pity we could not accommodate everyone who was interested in attending the event.  However, we have uploaded the presentations and some photos already to the website and will also be making the morning presentations available to watch too.  I’m still getting used to the whole filming thing. 

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Looking forward to our launch event

It’s now less than a week to go to the launch event for the Psychological Professions Network.  Clare and I and the rest of the committee have been overwhelmed by the interest shown in the event.  We’ve had over 300 expressions of interest in the event and faced the job of trying to accommodate as many people as we could at the venue.  This has meant we couldn’t give everyone a place and it’s been hard to make these decisions.  What we’ve tried to do is allocate places based on being representative of profession, specialty, geography.  We may not have got it completely right but we’ve done our best.  For people who haven’t got a place or can’t attend, we will be putting all the presentations on the website.  Also, we’d really like everyone to have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions we have planned for the day.  Therefore, we will be making space on the website to enable people to contribute their thoughts and ideas too and also to see what’s been discussed on the day.  Hopefully, we will have our Twitter experts to support this too (I still need to get the hang of this one).

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The Journey

This is the first of hopefully many blogs for the Psychological Professions Network North West.  It’s now December 2013 and I have been remembering the journey to this point of the website launch and the excitement of getting a name and a logo.

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