The Inaugural Conference of the PPN KSS was held at the Gatwick Airport Hilton Hotel on 9th October 2018.
There was a fantastic turn out and a real buzz, with representation from all the psychological professions, from experts by experience, and a range of key stakeholders from the across region and beyond! This included the Gita Bhutani who chairs the PPN in the North West of England.
The day started with a series of addresses:
Our keynote speaker was Byron Lee (Director of Added Value Learning, and co-designer/ facilitator of the King’s Fund Compassionate Leadership through Mindfulness Programme), who gave an inspiring talk on compassionate and collective leadership. This includes trust, sharing power and learning from one another, where leadership is a collaborative effort that is inclusive of different perspectives, and not just about formal leadership roles. You can view the full keynote speech here.
The reflective plenary sessions were very skilfully facilitated by Mary John and Graham Lee, both Systemic Family Therapists. They were joined by a range of psychological professionals and experts by experience, to reflect together on the themes of the keynote speech, and then together with the audience as a whole.
The PPN KSS Projects were launched in seven parallel, interactive workshops, with much appreciated support from Psychology Graduates and Assistant Psychologists:
The final plenary session culminated in a key message from each workshop, and a deeply touching address from our keynote listener, Helen Leigh-Phippard. Helen has kindly written a blog for us, and you can read more about her address here.
Linking to the identity project, we asked all delegates what they think psychological professionals have in common in terms of shared values, beliefs and purpose. We converted these ideas into this word cloud:
We concluded the conference with an invitation to make a pledge about what action delegates would like to take forward from the day. For those of you who left your contact details, we will be in touch in January to see how you’re getting on with your pledges!
Feedback from delegates indicated that the input from experts by experience was greatly appreciated, that they were “brilliant speakers” and that it would be great to have service-user led workshops at future events. The opportunity to network and meet colleagues from different professions was also a key theme. What was highlighted as most helpful in removing barriers for conversations was that the name badges did not include any job titles.
Thank you to all those involved in the conference in any capacity, whether you attended as a delegate or were actively involved as a speaker, in the reflective plenary sessions or by convening a workshop, whether you helped organise and support the day, and everything else in between! All your contributions are very welcome!
We will be updating our website with materials from the day soon, so watch this space!
And, last not least, please spread the word and invite colleagues to join this free membership network by visiting www.kss-ppn.nhs.uk
Alice Plummer, Clinical Programme Manager
Eloise Tierney, Research Assistant