The Psychological Professions Network in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (PPN KSS) brings together all psychological professionals working in NHS commissioned services and universities, higher education institutions, as well as other key stakeholders across the region, in a single multi-professional network.
Within Kent, Surrey and Sussex there are approximately 1,800 qualified psychological professionals working for NHS commissioned services. This includes practitioner psychologists (clinical, counselling, forensic and health) and psychological therapists, such as cognitive behavioural therapists, high intensity therapists, psychological wellbeing practitioners, children's wellbeing practitioners, family and systemic psychotherapists, child psychotherapists, counsellors, adult psychotherapists and couples therapists. 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 two types of free membership; psychological professional membership and stakeholder membership.
Psychological professional membership
Psychological professionals need to fulfil the following criteria for full membership of the PPN KSS:
- 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 an accredited, skills based 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.
- Psychological practitioners in roles that support registered psychological professionals, such as assistant psychologists, graduate mental health practitioners or psychological wellbeing practitioners.
The following criteria apply for stakeholder membership of the PPN KSS:
- 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.