The North West Psychological Professions Network (NWPPN) and the South West PPN (SWPPN) are delighted to invite you to attend our co-hosted workshop, to explore the opportunities for applying the role of Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) in Medical Specialisms.

Please circulate our invite across your distribution lists.

When: Friday 23rd October, 10am – 3pm

Where: Our event will take place on MS Teams, the details of which will be included on our Eventbrite pages (see regional links below to register)

How to register: The delegates spaces have been split across the North West and South West. To register your place, please use the relevant regional link below:

North West delegates Eventbrite

South West delegates Eventbrite

You can find the full programme attached for your perusal.

The NWPPN and SWPPN have joined forces to run a stakeholder event to bring together stakeholders and showcase important workforce development work within the regions to deploy the role of Assistant Practitioner (AP) across mental health and medical specialisms.


Want to know more about the role?

The role of Assistant Practitioner (AP) is an approved apprenticeship that in recent years has been widely deployed within multi-professional health care settings. Its value as a trained support role that can work across multi-professional care pathways has been well demonstrated in acute care. However, the role is less well known within mental health and psychological services and this prompted the initiation of a North West of England workforce development project to increase the uptake of the AP workforce within mental health.

In the South West of England, Professor Paul Farrand (Clinical Education, Development and Research; Psychology, University of Exeter) working within the Head and Neck specialty at the Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust, has undertaken innovative research to trial the role of a specialist assistant practitioner role, directly embedded as part of the multi-disciplinary team within hospital based medical specialties to support evidence-based psychological practice.

In this context workforce innovators in the NW and SW regions have come together to share their findings and bring together stakeholders to explore opportunities for the development of APs with training in evidence based psychological practice to bring innovation and improve outcomes in medical specialisms.

Aims of the workshop:

  • To examine the case for a specialist psychological support role employed within medical specialisms.
  • To showcase research undertaken to evaluate the impact of a specialist support role within a Head & Neck Specialist Services in the South West of England.
  • To explain the role of the Assistant Practitioner and the outline the competencies that underpin the foundation degree training programme and the Apprenticeship Standard
  • To bring to together clinical, educational and workforce development stakeholders to explore opportunities for future development of the role of Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) in Medical Specialisms.

Please note that by registering your place, you are consenting to join a distribution list so that the PPN NW & SW can contact you with all post event documents and information about how to find them.