Liz Kell

Senior Lecturer in Psychological Interventions

School of Psychology

Brook Building BB330

+44 (0) 1772 89 3724

Subject Areas: Health

Liz has been working as a step 2 mental health practitioner in primary care since 2004, developing a broad range of skills and experiences as a clinician, and also as a supervisor and manager of services, most recently as the Clinical Service Manager of a Step 2 IAPT service, and has actively supported the development of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) workforce throughout this time, and is currently chair of the North West PWP Professional Network.

Liz is the course lead for the PWP training programme having previously worked on the programme as a lecturer/practitioner. She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Full Profile

Liz started working in the first cohort of Primary Care Mental Health Workers in 2004, and since this time has continued working in Primary Care, delivering Step 2 interventions and championing the new and important role of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

Liz went on to complete the MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health in 2008, to continue to support the development of her clinical skills, and has been a supervisor and manager of step 2 low intensity services since 2007. She has most recently worked as a Clinical Service Manager of a Public Health commissioned new standalone Step 2 IAPT service, which received regional recognition for its unique model and consistently high recovery rates and patient satisfaction.

Liz has been the chair of the newly formed North West PWP Professional Network since its launch in January 2015, and is currently working with colleagues from across the North Region to begin to form a ‘Northern PWP Network’. The aim of this network is to unite PWPs throughout the North West with the intent of developing solidarity as a workforce and sharing and enhancing skills and knowledge. As part of her role as chair she is also a member of the North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) workforce board, which brings together multi-professional workforce representatives in the common aim of promoting Parity of Esteem and the important contribution that psychological approaches have to make across the whole of health care.

Liz began working on the PWP training at UCLan as a Lecturer/Practitioner in 2014, and is now the course lead for the PWP training programme, Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health Practice.

Liz is particularly interested in the developing evidence base for Step 2 Interventions, in particular in relation to perinatal mental health, and workforce wellbeing, including the wellbeing of the Psychological Professions themselves.


PGDip Management Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
MSc Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health, University of Manchester, 2008
PGCert Primary Care Mental Health Practice, University of Central Lancashire, 2005
PGDip Psychological Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2002
BSc Sociology/Social Psychology, University of Bradford, 2001

Research Activities

Step 2 Interventions and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner wellbeing



PWP Wellbeing 

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Course Lead – PG Cert. Primary Care Mental Health Practice/Grad. Cert. Promoting Psychological Wellbeing, Module Lead for NU4280, NU3280, NU4281, NU3056, dissertation supervisor 

External Affiliations and Roles

BPS, North West Psychological Professions Network – Workforce Board member and Chair of the NW PWP Professional Network