Chair’s statement welcoming members to the Faculty
Welcome to the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty. As the newly elected chair, I am updating this letter. My predecessors, Fabian Davis and John Hanna, achieved much in developing this faculty from its beginnings in psychosocial rehabilitation to a body that provides support to clinical psychologists working in all areas of severe mental health provision.
Networks have been established to represent the different service settings etc. where we operate:
Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment
Early Intervention in Psychosis
Community Mental Health Teams
We also aim to have representation from the regions - the North East regional branch is the most active, and our representative from the Service User and Carer Liaison Committee is an important voice on our committee.
The networks aim to provide a forum for support, practice and service development and discussion of the issues that are central to all of us in our work. The main ways in which this is achieved is through CPD and supportive meetings and events, and through the email discussion list. Most of the networks manage to put on at least one event a year. Many of these events are free to members. All are very reasonably priced.
The faculty also keeps an eye on developments of interest to our members both in central government, in the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the NHS. John Hanna, with his role with the Department of Health, has been particularly effective with this, and will continue to support us. Topics of particular interest to us at the moment are: SMI IAPT; changes to relevant NICE guidelines; the re-organisation of the teams that were set up at the time of the National Service Framework, and that are now being disbanded or changed in many areas, often under cost pressures, and changes in commissioning. We try to keep an eye on relevant consultations and encourage members to contribute to them. We contributed a Symposium to the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) conference in 2011, and hope to continue this trend.
The faculty holds an AGM and Conference in November each year, choosing a topic of particular relevance, with invited speakers. In November 2011, we were looking at how best to target resources in an age of austerity, and provide leadership to services in these straightened times, for instance. Presentations from this conference can be downloaded from the Publications
section of the website. Our secretary also puts together a very informative newsletter every six months, giving the activities of the networks, which is circulated to the membership and posted on the website
I do hope that this gives a flavour of our activities - and that you will join us if you feel that this will support the work you do in your service area. If you would like to join us, please download an application form
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Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty