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MSc health psych graduate moves on to Professional Doctorate

Congratulations to Anjulie Dhillon, who took her MSc Health Psychology at Coventry in 2014/15 and has gone on to do stage two training in health psychology, via a professional doctorate.

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“Since graduating with an MSc in Health Psychology at Coventry University, I have recently joined Staffordshire University on the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. I am working as a Trainee Health Psychologist, based primarily on a Paediatric Burns Unit. I support young burn victims and their families through recovery and I will also be undertaking clinical work with adults with diabetes and chronic pain. This opportunity has provided me with the chance to apply my knowledge of Health Psychology models and theories in a clinical area, allowing me to grow and develop as a Trainee Health Psychologist. During the next two years I will be working on a number of projects including psychological interventions, research and teaching. I have also been very fortunate to have continued my work with Coventry University and I look forward to carrying out some research with Liz Sparkes in the new year, as well as delivering some teaching sessions to current MSc students later this academic year.”

We wish Anjulie enjoyment and success in her stage two training and we’re looking forward to her visiting us on the programme at Coventry.

Congratulations Chloe: First publication

Congratulations to our (very recent) graduate Chloe Patel who (as well as being due to graduate next week) has had her work published in the journal Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Chloe’s research was done in collaboration with Lou Atkinson and Ellinor Olander while she was on work experience with them at the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions. The study was an exploration of obese pregnant women’s views of being referred by their midwife to a weight management service. Chloe will be back to visit us soon as a guest speaker on our Professional Practice module.

Guest speaker: Puja Joshi on Systematic Reviews

Pleased to be welcoming another guest speaker (and recent graduate of our health psych masters) today, in M145PY Introducing Professional Practice 3.30-5.30 in JA115.

Puja Joshi, now a Research Officer with The National Children’s Bureau, will be giving a guest session on systematic reviews.  This supports your coursework assignment on the first professional practice module.  Puja will also be telling you about an opportunity to collaborate with her.  This may well take the form of writing one or more reviews.

Looking forward to seeing you later today (after your Stress, health and Illness lecture 1-3 which is just up the corridor in JA153).

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

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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.