Clinical Audit Masterclass, 22 May 2014, London

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The Older People Champions Special Interest Group - Wednesday 16th April 2014

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: University of Manchester - Room 6.207 University Place, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL


The Older People Champions Special Interest Group

The Special Interest Group meets every 4 months, and is open to all practitioners interested in improving access to psychological therapies for older people.

It is co-chaired by Dr Julia Boot, Clinical Psychologist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Dr Helen Pusey, Lecturer, University of Manchester.

The aim of the group is to support psychological practitioners to champion the needs of older people within their services by developing knowledge, sharing good practice, and developing links others concerned with improving access to and the quality of psychological therapies for older people.

See for more on older people and equalities in psychological therapies.

The April 2014 event will feature a skills session on the application of mindfulness to working with older people; and we are pleased to welcome Steve Davies, National IAPT Advisor for Older People who will provide an update on IAPT national programme activities for older people followed by a question and answer session.

Open invitation to share your practice: If you have an example of good practice or innovation you would like to share with the network and the IAPT National Advisor for Older People? We would like to invite you to do a brief presentation (5-10 minutes) to the network.

Some examples of good practice: rolling out training to other clinicians; working with other agencies; promoting service user involvement or developing resources.

If you would like to take part please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11th April 2014 so we can include you in the agenda.


09.30 – 10.00

Arrival & Registration

10.00 – 11.00

Introduction to Mindfulness and using it with older people

11.00 – 12.00

Sharing case studies (peer group supervision

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 13.30

Steve Davies, National IAPT Advisor for Older People

IAPT National Update and Question and Answer Session

13.30 – 14.00

Psychological Professions Network – Update and how to be involved

14.00 – 14.15


14.15 – 15.00

Sharing good practice I – presentations

15.00 – 15.45

Sharing good practice II - group work

15.45 – 16.00

Feedback and next steps

To register your interest and confirm your attendance please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Improving autism care and delivering the revised national strategy seminar

Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Central London

Topics for discussion include:

  • The impact of localised commissioning on autism care and whether services are providing value for money;
  • Commissioning services to best reflect individual need, following recent guidance produced by the Local Government Association and NHS England;
  • Engaging and supporting those with autism access appropriate services in the transition from childhood to adulthood;
  • Next steps to help and support those with autism into work; and
  • Implementing the revised strategy.

Full details are available on the Westminster Forum website.

Hearing Voices Project

The Psychological Professions Network is pleased to convey a call for expressions of interest in the "Hearing Voices Project".

For full details, visit the Research & Innovation section.

March 2014 launch of MindEd

MindEd is a DH funded web resource that provides free mental health e-learning and resources for all adults with a duty of care for children and young people.
Visit and register for more information and follow them on Twitter: @MindEdUK

ClinPsyD Programme Annual CPD Event and Review

The University of Manchester
Monday 7 July 2014

The Manchester ClinPsyD programme is very pleased to invite you to its Annual CPD Event and Review as an opportunity for the Programme to engage with stakeholders and let them know what we've done in the last year and what our plans are for the future. We also like to put on talks about topics that are of interest to stakeholders, as part of our commitment to continuing professional development within the region. This year we have a very exciting speaker:

Dr Lucy Johnstone will be presenting "Psychological formulation: a radical alternative to psychiatric diagnosis?"

Dr Johnstone will present some thoughts about the future of psychological formulation in light of the Division of Clinical Psychology's (DCP's) recent Position Statement on Classification and the International debate about DSM-5 and diagnosis. She will argue that clinical psychologists are uniquely well-placed to respond to one of the few remaining defences of diagnosis, which is that there is currently no alternative. She will summarise the essential principles of the DCP's plans to maintain the momentum of this important debate.

Venue: Basement Lecture Theatre A, Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, University of Manchester

Time: Monday 7 July 2014 from 1.30-4.00pm (complimentary lunch available from 12.45pm in the new Hub on the Ground Floor of Zochonis Building). For those of you who are attending the Year 3 Placement Fair the Annual Review is immediately afterwards.

Attendees: The meeting is an excellent CPD and networking opportunity for clinical psychologists who are (or would like to be) involved with the ClinPsyD programme in any way, such as teaching, trainee supervision, selection, committees etc. ClinPsyD trainees, University staff and members of the Community Liaison Group are also very welcome to attend.

It would greatly help the organisation of the day if you could inform us whether you will be attending the afternoon and/or the lunch. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a place, or telephone 0161 306 0400.

Making Groups Work in IAPT Training

The Anna Freud Centre has over 2 years successfully ran a short training course in running low and high intensity CBT groups. Previously this was restricted to London IAPT services, as it was directly commissioned by London NHS education commissioners, but is now open to all for IAPT services to fund individual staff to attend or for suitable staff to self-fund

Details of the next Making Groups Work in IAPT – Evidence and Innovation course are as follows

Tutors: Morris Nitsun, Jeff Halperin, Alistair Bailey

Dates: 15th – 16th May, 5th – 6th June and 24th – 25th July 2014 (i.e. course is 6 full days in 3 blocks of 2 days)

Upon completion, participants will be in a position to run evidence based groups in IAPT with a more in-depth appreciation of group process and effectiveness.

For more information and to book a place, please visit Making Groups Work in IAPT or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Improving Maternal Mental Health Conference

Improving Maternal Mental Health - Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Thursday 10 July 2014 London

For more information visit the website.

Calling all PWPs and IAPT Service Managers: PWP National Networking Forum

Wednesday 9th July 2014
Birmingham City Football Ground, Birmingham

Download the draft programme.

This event is designed specifically for PWPs and their managers to come together for knowledge and experience-sharing, networking and clinical skills training. The day offers participants 6 hours of CPD.

Key themes of the day:

1. Next steps in PWP evolution: new roles and responsibilities to retain PWPs longer and offer genuine career progression
2. Latest developments in PWP practice, including national and international developments
3. Creating an exciting communication network for PWPs with dedicated web-space, twitter feed, research updates and a facebook group so PWPs and managers can find updates, good resources and materials and share best practice and questions more easily

Clinical skills workshops:

1. Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder
2. Working with OCD
3. Working with Older People
4. Managers and Supervisors Networking Forum
5. Senior PWPs/PWP Leads Networking Forum

This forum will be made up of presentations and interactive clinical skills sessions which will enable you to share experiences and learn from each other, leaving the day armed with new ideas, skills, knowledge and contacts.

The day will not end with the event alone; the best outcome of the event will be a dedicated way of sharing and communicating with PWPs and Low Intensity CBT practitioners both nationally and internationally.

Book your £150 plus VAT* place:

  • Email your booking to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Book online at the PWP NNF website
  • Call SBK events 01732 897788

Finally, all registered attendees can submit a poster which shares your innovative and effective ways of PWP working. For further information download the application form.

2014-15 Expressions of Interest for IAPT PWP and HIT Training Places

Health Education North West are now inviting expressions of interest for funding of 2014-15 trainee places for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and High Intensity Workers as part of the continued roll-out of IAPT to assist teams in the development and continuity of the IAPT workforce.

Expressions of interest are to reach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11th April 2014.

Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download further information.
Download IAPT funding confirmation form.