The Psychological Professions Network in South East England (PPN SE) brings together all psychological professionals working in NHS commissioned services and universities, as well as other key stakeholders across the region, in a single multi-professional network.
Within South East England there are approximately 1,800 qualified psychological professionals working for NHS commissioned services. This includes adult psychotherapists, child and adolescent psychotherapists, children's wellbeing practitioners (CWP), clinical psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists, counselling psychologists, counsellors, educational mental health practitioners (EMHP), family and systemic psychotherapists, forensic psychologists, health psychologists, psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWP). This also includes arts and play therapists who are allied health professionals, but psychological and psychotherapeutic models of practice are central to their work.
The network offers three types of free membership; psychological professional membership, aspiring psychological professional membership and stakeholder membership.
Psychological professional membership
Psychological professionals need to fulfil the following criteria for full membership of the PPN SE:
- Primarily employed by NHS funded or commissioned services and/or provide training in psychological therapies and/or professions that are accredited by the relevant professional organisation.
- Qualified through having undertaken a recognised training programme specific to the psychological approach or therapy they provide, and that is recognised by the relevant professional or regulatory body.
- Eligible to register with the accreditation and/or regulatory body that governs practice for their specific psychological profession and/or specific therapy they provide.
- All trainees undertaking accredited training programmes which, upon completion, will enable them to register with an accrediting or regulatory body as a psychological professional.
Aspiring psychological professional membership
- Anyone 18 years old and above aspiring to become a psychological professional who is either interested in or currently undergoing a recognised training programme, which upon completion, will enable them to qualify for one of the 12 psychological professions.
- Psychology students, assistant psychologists, research assistants, career changers or anyone else interested in joining the psychological professions.
The following criteria apply for stakeholder membership of the PPN SE:
- Leaders, managers and commissioners, experts by experience or other clinicians with a special interest in psychological practice, who work with the NHS but do not meet psychological professional membership eligibility.
If you are interested in joining the network, but you are not sure if it is for you, or you think we have overlooked your profession, please contact us. We will be very pleased to hear from you.