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Promoting Excellence In Psychological Health & Wellbeing

Dr Gita E Bhutani

Dr Gita E Bhutani

Chair, North West Psychological Professions Network

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Gita is a clinical psychologist and has specialised in working with older people and adults in Glasgow, Salford and now Lancashire. Gita's current role is as Associate Director for Psychological Professions at Lancashire Care 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.

Gita has developed a well-being training package for staff – Looking After You, Looking After Me (LAMLAY) and has presented at conferences in this area. She is also a member of the New Savoy Conference/BPS/DCP Wellbeing Steering Group working on the annual wellbeing survey and the collaborative learning network. Gita contributes to national and professional bodies including committee work and roles at NICE (PTSD guidelines update, Quality Standards), BPS Division of Clinical Psychology and is joint national Staff Wellbeing lead for Positive Practice in Mental Health. She is also joint lead on a regional Schwartz Rounds project aimed at extending Schwartz Rounds across the North West.


Clare Baguley

Clare Baguley

Programme Manager, North West Psychological Professions Network

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Clare Baguley 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 mental health and psychological therapies, having undertaken post graduate training as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy and latterly joining the University of Manchester to lead the post-graduate education programme for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners under the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

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 and publications on primary care mental health with a particular interest in the use of psychological approaches in physical health care settings and the development of mental wellbeing and resilience in the health and care workforce.


Polly James

Polly James

Senior Administrator, North West Psychological Professions Network

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Working as part of the Health Education England across the North West, Polly's role is to provide administrative support to Clare Baguley, the Programme Manager of the North West Psychological Professions Network. Polly originally studied Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bangor University before starting her career with HEE in public and mental health, in order to pursue a particular interest in mental wellbeing.

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