North East

The membership of the North Eastern region PSIGE group now belongs to one of three trusts - Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Valley NHS Foundation Trust which between them stretch from North Yorkshire to the Scottish borders, and Northumbria Healthcare Trust. The PSIGE network continues to be an invaluable forum in which to discuss the process of change and the placement of psychological services within these large and continually evolving organisations.

The NE PSIGE group continues to respond to the its members needs through  the building of multidisciplinary networks around specific service development issues and forums for discussion which may also inform future service development.

The group continues to provide teaching and placements on the Newcastle and Teesside doctoral training courses. Both of these courses have been implementing extensive changes to their programmes and we continue to maintain strong relationships with key university figures in regards to placement capacity and teaching requirements. The NE PSIGE continues to have a strong voice in these discussions as a result of a history of effective placement organisation by PSIGE members ensuring the provision of specialist older people's placements for all trainees.

The group runs bi-monthly on a Wednesday, alternating between morning and afternoon. Short CPD sessions are provided by each locality and are highly valued by members.

We have close links with the local Division of Neuropsychology group and Stroke group and have a number of members belonging to both groups. We have also had ad hoc working groups in order to develop specific areas. For example, working on inpatient wards and driving with dementia. We hold a local group Away Day every April which includes a supervisor up-date, our business meeting and presentations from members and invited speakers.

We have a strong relationship with both our local courses where we provide training and work as a group to ensure all trainees have access to a specialist Older Adult placement.

Contact

Chair: Alan Howarth

Secretaries: Sarah Hopper & Sarah Craven-Staines