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Promoting Excellence In Psychological Health & Wellbeing

The Psychological Professions Network England Board provides strategic leadership and oversight to the work of the regional PPNs. The current PPN England Board members are:

Dr Adrian Whittington

Dr Adrian Whittington

Co-chair, PPN England Board
Chair, PPN South East

Adrian is National Lead for the Psychological Professions in England. In this role he Co-chairs the National Psychological Professions Workforce Group across NHS England and Improvement and Health Education England. Adrian is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. He is passionate about growing mental health and wellbeing through working with communities, through education, and enabling wider access to evidence-based interventions and therapies. Adrian also holds roles as the Clinical Lead for Mental Health at Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, as National Clinical Advisor on Education to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme at NHS England and Joint Director of Psychology and Psychological Therapies at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Adrian specialises clinically in psychological therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and teaches on a number of Postgraduate Programmes for Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. Adrian has written and co-edited books on anxiety, CBT, and clinical psychology.


Dr Gita Bhutani

Dr Gita Bhutani

Co-chair, PPN England Board
Chair, PPN North West

Gita is a clinical psychologist and has specialised in working with older people and adults in Glasgow, Salford and currently Lancashire. She is a founding member of the North West Psychological Professions Network and its current chair. Gita's current role is as Associate Director for Psychological Professions at Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. This post combines a governance and leadership role with management. Gita's current clinical work is within the Lancashire Traumatic Stress Service.

Her current clinical and research interests are in post-traumatic stress and staff health and wellbeing. She is currently a co-investigator on a RfPB funded research project on Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Psychosis. She is also a member of the New Savoy Conference/BPS/DCP Wellbeing Steering Group working on the annual wellbeing survey.

Gita contributes to national and professional bodies including committee work and roles at NICE as interim chair of Quality Standards Advisory Committee 1, the National Psychological Professions Workforce Group and the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology. Gita is currently supporting HEE with psychological professions input into developing PPNs and supporting psychological professions input into the NHS Long Term Plan.


Dr Alice Plummer

Dr Alice Plummer

Clinical Programme Manager, PPN Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Alice is the Clinical Programme Manager for the Psychological Professions Network (PPN), employed by Sussex Partnership on behalf of Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Alice is a Principal Clinical Psychologist, with extensive experience of working with adults of all ages with trauma and high levels of psychological distress, troubling symptoms, long term physical health and co-morbid mental health conditions. Alice is also an EMDR Europe accredited practitioner, and has a postgraduate diploma in counselling. Alice was a sick children’s nurse before becoming a clinical psychologist, and has a long-standing practice of compassionate care and multi-disciplinary working. Alice is very passionate about joining up all the psychological professions both within regions as well as nationally, so we have a more unified strategic voice to influence NHS commissioned psychological healthcare, and further integrate bio-medical and psycho-social approaches. The PPN brings together those who plan, deliver and use psychological healthcare within a community of psychological practice. Alice is very dedicated to working in partnership with experts by experience, so we can ultimately better serve the people and communities we work with.


Clare Baguley

Clare Baguley

Programme Manager, PPN North West

Clare is the programme manager for the Psychological Professions Network based within Health Education England working across the North West. Clare has a clinical and academic background in community mental health and psychological therapies. Having initially qualified as a mental health nurse, Clare undertook further post graduate training as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy and she developed her clinical practice in multi-professional psychological therapy services. Subsequently she led the University of Manchester post-graduate education programme for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners under the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme and became the regional IAPT programme field lead as part of the North West regional implementation team.

Clare has held regional and national responsibilities for managing and developing the teaching and learning interface with clinical practice in the NHS. She has contributed to training, research and publications on primary care mental health with a particular interest in the use of psychological approaches in physical healthcare settings and the development of mental wellbeing and resilience in the health and care workforce.


Prof Ken Laidlaw

Prof Ken Laidlaw

Interim Co-Chair, PPN South West

Professor Ken Laidlaw, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Exeter. He has been in Practice Education for many years and he has successfully led two Doctoral Clinical Psychology Programmes. In his most recent post he also managed and developed IAPT Programmes. Separately he has held senior leadership positions in the NHS in older people services. Currently he holds an honorary position as a consultant clinical psychologist with Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Working in clinical services and providing clinical leadership has always been important to Ken, as such, he is involved in the following:

  • Programme Director Doctoral Clinical Psychology Training Programme
  • Director of Postgraduate & Professional Doctorates (DPGR) CEDAR
  • Director of Clinical Associate in Psychology Programme Developments
  • Member of the Doctoral College, University of Exeter

Dr Phil Self

Dr Phil Self

Interim Co-Chair, PPN South West

Dr Phil Self is the Head of Psychology and Psychological Professions for Devon Partnership Trust. Phil is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, initially in and around London before working in Cambridge and then moving to the South West in 2005. Phil has held clinical leadership positions in a range of different services including Inpatient and Community Mental Health teams, Early Intervention in Psychosis and IAPT services, and other specialist psychological services in a range of health and forensic settings. Phil was the first Programme Lead for the Post-Graduate training programme for CBT for psychosis at Exeter University and also has teaching and academic connections with psychological therapy and psychology training programmes at Plymouth University and UCL. Between 2017 and 2019 Phil also contributed to an NHS England South West Mental Health Workforce Steering Group.

Phil is passionate about the shared, complementary and unique skills and knowledge that psychological professions can offer to the NHS and about developing a collective voice to positively influence workforce planning and development across the South West region.

Become a Member

Becoming a member of the Psychological Professions Network gives you access to a wide variety of resources and opportunities to contribute and influence