Promoting Excellence In Psychological Health & Wellbeing

Dr Adrian Whittington

Dr Adrian Whittington

Co-Chair, Psychological Professions Network, South East England.

Dr Adrian Whittington is National Lead for Psychological Professions at NHS England / Improvement and Health Education England. Adrian is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. 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 South East England, as National Clinical Advisor on Education to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme at NHS England. 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.

Selected Publications:

Bourne, P., Meddings, S. and Whittington, A. (2017). An Evaluation of Service use Outcomes in a Recovery College. Journal of Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1417557 https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2017.1417557

Stevens, D., Whittington, A., Moulton-Perkins, A., & Palachandran, V. (2015). Volunteer Psychology Internships: Conveyor belt of Exploitation or Stepping Stone to Success? Clinical Psychology Forum, 270, 34-39.

Davey, G., Lake, N., & Whittington, A. (2015). Topics in Applied Psychology: Clinical Psychology (2nd Ed.). Routledge: London.

Whittington, A. & Grey, N. (2014). How to Become a More Effective CBT Therapist: Mastering Metacompetence in Clinical Practice. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester.

Dr Bill Tiplady

Dr Bill Tiplady

Co-Chair Psychological Professions Network, South East England.

Bill is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Associate Director of Psychological Services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. As a clinician, Bill has worked across the adult mental health pathway and particularly in inpatient and crisis services as well as having an interest in supporting and developing teams and services. With experience of leading both psychological therapies, and wider mental health services as a Clinical Director, Bill has led and contributed to strategic quality and service improvement programmes at trust, regional, and national level. This has included chairing cross-London NHSE work programmes on improving access to Psychological Therapies for people with serious mental health problems and on improving physical healthcare for this group. Bill is committed to expanding on the contribution which all 12 psychological professions can make to more person centred and effective physical and mental health care - as well as ensuring that psychological services themselves offer great quality evidence based services which are designed around the needs of people who will use them


Lynsey Dorn

Lynsey Dorn

Senior Assistant Psychologist, Psychological Professions Network, South East England.

Lynsey graduated with a BSc in Psychology in 2017 and an MSc in Mental Health Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London in 2018. Lynsey then worked as a Research Assistant for a consultancy service to investigate the impact of educational initiatives on workplace risk. Alongside this, she held several clinical roles in a voluntary capacity before joining Northamptonshire NHS Foundation Trust as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist. For over three years, Lynsey worked at the IoPPN as a Research Assistant on the Risk, Resilience, Ethnicity and AdolesCent Mental Health study (REACH), an EU funded longitudinal research programme investigating adolescent mental health in inner-city London, including the effects of Covid-19 and social restrictions. In 2021, Lynsey joined the Psychological Professions Network, South East England where she supports the network in giving a voice to all the psychological professions and promoting excellence in practice.

Helen Leigh-Phippard

Expert by Experience, Psychological Professions Network (PPN) South East England.

Helen is a service user and carer and has been an Expert by Experience with PPN SE for a number of years. She is also involved in psychology and mental health nursing education and NHS research as an Expert by Experience and sits on the Health Education England South East Mental Health Workforce Programme Board. Helen is passionate about working to bring the voices of services users and carers into the PPN at all levels and making NHS psychological services accessible for everyone.

Sharon Galliford

Expert by Experience, Psychological Professions Network (PPN) South East England.

Sharon joined the PPN SE in November 2018. Since then she has been involved in strategic meetings, events planning and participation, presentations, research projects and the career map videos. The role has definitely been varied and interesting. It feels good to have a voice in the future direction of the psychology professions and to be speaking to the people in a position to actually bring about positive change.

Dr Margo Ononaiye

Dr Margo Ononaiye

Widening Participation Lead, Psychological Professions Network, South East England.

A Clinical Psychologist by background, Margo is the first Black woman to be promoted to the role of Programme Director on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme in the UK. She is also seconded into a part-time role of EDI Lead for the Psychological Professions Network South East providing a strategic overview to the EDI work that is being done, and needs to be done, within the psychology professions. Margo has an active interest in helping the world of psychology to become more inclusive and representative of the multicultural nation where we live and work.

Dr Margo Ononaiye talks about some of her own experiences of race and leadership:
• https://ppn.nhs.uk/our-work/news/item/race-leadership-and-the-changing-face-of-clinical-psychology
• https://www.bps.org.uk/psychologist/i-no-longer-try-shape-myself-fit

Tessa Thomas

Tessa Thomas

Research Assistant, University of Southampton, Psychological Professions Network, South East England.

Tessa Thomas joined the PPN-SE in 2021 as a Research Assistant. She graduated with a BSc in Psychology from Bournemouth University in 2020 and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2021. During her studies, Tessa worked as a Research Assistant in voluntary and temporary positions on various research projects. Currently, Tessa is involved in the PPN-SE Widening Participation Project. The project is an ongoing initiative which aims to understand barriers for minoritized individuals when entering and progressing within the Psychology workforce. Tessa is passionate about supporting the PPN vision for greater equity and inclusion within the psychological professions.

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