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Postgraduate students explain the benefits of joining the British Psychological Society

For information on what the BPS can offer students (and graduates), check out this short video on the Society’s YouTube channel.

Using case studies to think about self management of long term conditions

Each of the following is a hypothetical, ‘composite’ person, created by students on our course.

  • Alan is a 43 year old man, living with HIV for past three years.
  • Adam is an 18 year old single man who has had type 1 diabetes since the age of 11.
  • Stella is a 47 year old estate agent, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 5 months ago.
  • Geoffrey is a 63 year old widower who recently had a stroke.
  • Nadia is a 45 year old South Asian woman who is morbidly obese and has developed type 2 diabetes.

On our long term conditions module students create a case study in which they:

  • Describe a person living with a long term health condition
  • Summarise the psychosocial difficulties the person is likely to  experience (reference to the published literature on patient experience is crucial here)
  • Choose and describe an established self management support programme (which should be matched to the person’s needs)
  • Evaluate the research evidence showing whether or not this programme has been beneficial for similar patients with similar needs.

Students get to choose the person and the condition. The condition can be one that is covered in a scheduled class (this year these have included asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia) OR any long term condition of students’ choice.

Students have just submitted their case studies for assessment and can expect their marks and feedback within ten working days.  Looking forward to reading them…

Changing health…

Changing health service

Ever since the NHS was created it has been dominated by two services – hospitals and GP care. But if the health service is to thrive in the 21st Century that will have to change. There will need to be a third pillar – the community service (or integrated care as it is known in the NHS). The term covers services aimed at people with long-term conditions. They are the patients who need care as there is no cure.

This is how the BBC have described the pressing need for health services to meet the needs of people with chronic conditions. More on this and the imminent changes to the structure and function of the NHS at the BBC health news site.

A short message on behalf of our friends at the BPS Division of Health Psychology…

The DHP Postgraduate Committee are pleased to announce that registration for the DHP Postgraduate Conference 2013 is now open!

We will be holding some excellent workshops this year, including a Q&A session with the BPS Chief Assessor, a publication and dissemination talk with the editor of Health Psychology update, a workshop lead by consultant health psychologists and a session on Q methodology with an expert in the field. All the information can be found on our conference website: http://dhppostgraduateconference2013.weebly.com

Delegates from accredited MSc Courses, Stage 2 Training and PhD students within Health Psychology will find the conference particularly useful, but we welcome all postgraduates with an interest in Health Psychology. Sign up now for early bird rates!

We’re also looking for poster abstracts for presentation at the conference, and for a review to be published in Health Psychology Update. Full details available on the website.

Looking forward to seeing you in June!

On behalf of the DHP Postgraduate Committee

Emily Doe MSc MBPsS

PhD Researcher: Resilience and Well-Being in Long-Term Conditions

Spring has sprung – come and see the campus


On my short walk to this week’s lecture on Professional Practice in Health Psychology I spied a lovely drift of spring flowers – daffodils and crocuses.

If the sun keeps shining this Saturday (16th) they should be in full bloom to greet visitors at our postgraduate open day. Further details can be found at http://www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/open-days/postgraduate-and-part-time/

Open day and guest lecture at London Campus

Thanks very much to everyone who participated in our open day at the London Campus on Friday 8th March – especially our guest speaker Dr Katherine Brown.










If you missed the event and would like further information on our courses, or Katherine’s research, please drop us a line.

Katherine Brown’s Talk Time Confirmed

We are very pleased to confirm that Katherine Brown’s research talk at this Friday’s open day on the London Campus will be at 6 PM.

She will be discussing eHealth and Public Health: Applications of health psychology for improving sexual health and wellbeing

All are welcome.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Here are the location details – http://www.coventry.ac.uk/culc/shared-content/utility-links/map-and-directions/

The venue is called East India House and it’s on Middlesex Street.

Free seminar and careers event – London 8th March

Is Health Psychology For you?

Friday 8th March 2-7 pm.

Cov Health Psych Team will be hosting a free seminar and careers event at Coventry University’s London Campus. Guest speaker will be Dr Katherine Brown, Reader in E-Health and Wellbeing Interventions. Katherine will talk about her team’s work on sexual health, young people and e-interventions.

There will also be an opportunity to meet the course team and find out about careers in health psychology and related professions.

Staff from Psychology & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University will be on hand with information on all our masters programmes, which include:

MSc Health Psychology
MSc Psychology of Health
MSc Applied Psychology
MSc Psychology
MSc Occupational Psychology
MSc Business Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology & Crime
PG Cert Reading Development

Feel free to drop in on the day, or to reserve a place please complete your contact details at the link below.

Click here to book