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Careers in health psychology

We’re working on our own videos, but in the mean time, here’s someone talking about careers in health psychology, and some of what health psychologists do, courtesy of the BPS Media Centre.

Work experience in health psychology: our students’ placements


Preparing students for professional practice is at the core of our programme. In the module Advancing Professional Practice in Health Psychology, students have the option to undertake a work experience placement. The structure and format of this is flexible, and the choice of setting can be negotiated between the student and the course team.

Examples of placements our students have undertaken include:

  • Research work in the Applied Research Centre for Health & Lifestyle Interventions
  • Clinical support work in drugs and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Community public health outreach work with a football club
  • Clinical support work in hospital haematology services

Because our programme is long established, we have good links to organisations that offer placements. This work experience is very valuable in establishing your professional and career network. Some of our students who undertake placements go on to paid employment with the same organisations after they graduate.

Here is a very brief snapshot of the key learning experiences our 2012/13 cohort of students have undertaken on their placements:

  • Conducting a literature review on factors that influence food choice, especially for people with learning disabilities.
  • Participant observer in a community based weight management group for people with learning disabilities.
  • Presenting to a multidisciplinary professional team research findings on determinants of food choice in people with learning disabilities.
  • Drawing on principles of motivational interviewing to deliver a participative health and wellbeing class to people at a Sikh temple.
  • Drawing on principles of cognitive behavioural theory to deliver a healthy eating workshop to people at a Sikh temple.
  • Producing posters to increase engagement with a walking group for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Co-facilitating a healthy eating workshop for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Dealing sensitively and professionally with a patient’s disclosure of non- adherence to treatment.
  • Attending external, cross-organisational training on promoting health and wellbeing.
  • Developing a new range of supported physical activities for people with long term mental health conditions.
  • Participant observation in a weight management group.
  • Collecting and analysing patient reported outcomes (e.g. HRQoL) pre and post a group intervention for obese patients seeking bariatric surgery.
  • Redesigning information leaflets for renal patients.
  • Conducting a literature review on the relationship between sleep apnoea and obesity.
  • Teaching NHS colleagues about psychosocial aspects of end stage renal failure.

Come and meet a member of the team at our open day 8th June

We are looking forward to welcoming anyone interested in postgraduate study in health psychology to our Open Day on 8th June. Further details on the university’s main site below.


Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS (Thinking about Health Annual Conference, 26-28 June, Birmingham)

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Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS
Thinking about Health Annual Conference
26 – 28 June 2013,  Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmgingham

Can the language of compassion capture the moral problems confronted by the NHS, or might it obfuscate and distract us from more subtle and demanding issues?

Through a series of plenary addresses, workshops, panels and shared opportunities for discussion, ‘Compassion Fatigue’ will provide an opportunity to explore the language of compassion, and the impact that it has on the practice of health care provision. Workshops will address the politics of compassion; compassion and spirituality; compassion and nursing; compassion and the experience of the patient. Panels will bring together the perspectives of GPs, nurses and patients.

For more detailed information please download the Compassion Fatigue Flyer and Compassion Fatigue Conference Booking Form.



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Evaluation of our Health Behaviour Change Workshop on Thursday


Nice results from our Health Behaviour Change Workshop on Thursday. Participants’ confidence in their knowledge and skills in applying cognitive behavioural approaches to physical health problems increased across the board. More details to follow.

Thank you VERY much to everyone who took part. Will be emailing you some follow-up materials soon.

Carol P

CPD: Health Behaviour Change Workshops Coventry 2013


Looking forward to meeting those of you who will be attending our Health Behaviour Change Workshop on Cognitive Behavioural Approaches tomorrow. 

The health psychology team in Psychology & Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University offer health behaviour change workshops to provide continuing professional development for psychologists and other professionals. At present we offer training in the following areas:

Bespoke versions of these workshops can be provided for interested groups and organisations.  If interested, please contact hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Motivational interviewing workshop 20th June – open for bookings

Our next on-campus MI workshop will be on 20th June 2013. For further details or to book a place click here.

For some evidence on the effectiveness of our training, click here.

‘Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis, health and illness’ – Annemarie Jutel (Seminar, Durham University Monday 10 June 2013)

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Annemarie Jutel Flyer IdeasThe Centre for Medical Humanities and the Qualitative Health Research Group invite you to attend:

‘Putting a Name to It: Diagnosis, health and illness’
Annemarie Jutel
Victoria University of Wellington, Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Monday 10th June, 3 – 4.45pm
Williams Library, St. Chad’s College.

While diagnosis is important in identifying and curing disease, it also has a strong social impact. Diagnosis can be a source of anxiety or of relief, of hope or of despair. It structures the experience of health and illness, deciding what counts as normal, defining who is responsible for what disorders, providing frameworks for communication and structuring relationships. It presents a point around which tensions may develop, and interests collide. This presentation will present the sociology of diagnosis, underlining how the material reality of disease is both shaped by, and influences, social life.

Dr Sally Brown, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Medicine…

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psst… wanna see the questions on the May exam paper?

OK so the exam has already taken place and this is no longer top secret, but it gives an insight into what students learn on our course. Here is the recent paper from the Long Term Conditions module. This is the only exam on the programme:

1. Critically compare two models of disability with the biopsychosocial approach taken in health psychology.

2. Evaluate the arguments for mixed-condition self-management programmes as opposed to condition-specific programmes in chronic illness.

3. Critically assess the value of patient reported outcomes as a means of evaluating health interventions.

4. What are the psychosocial issues patients typically face when they have cancer, and what self management support may help?

5. What are the psychosocial issues patients typically face when they have asthma, and what self management support may help?

6. What are the psychosocial issues patients and their carers typically face when a patient has dementia? What support might a health psychologist recommend?