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Demonstrating the application of health psychology to multiple areas of professional practice

Atherton, K (2023) Demonstrating the application of health psychology to multiple areas of professional practice. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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This portfolio details work undertaken towards fulfilment of the five competencies forming the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology. The Trainee worked across a range of settings, both in private practice and within the NHS. Competencies were fulfilled both within and outside of these roles and demonstrate how Health Psychology can be applied across a wide range of settings. Though this collection of pieces may not necessarily work harmoniously, it is a demonstration of how health psychology can be applied across a number of domains. Competencies were fulfilled as follows:
Professional practice. For the first 18 months, the Trainee worked as a Product Owner and then Engagement Lead for a small organisation providing co-created digital interventions in response to public health challenges. In the final year, the Trainee worked as an Assistant Psychologist in a Community Mental Health Team. The professional practice competence was fulfilled by working across both positions in accordance with relevant codes of conduct. This is evidenced through a Practice Log and detailed Reflective Commentary at the end of this portfolio.
Teaching and training. The Trainee evidenced a number of face-to-face and online teaching experiences to advance knowledge in health psychology concepts, providing a reflective diary and a case study of a five-part teaching series.
Consultancy. The Trainee sought work externally for the purpose of engaging in consultancy with NHS Innovation Agency. A contract and end-of-consultancy report was produced and a detailed case study has been provided detailing the process.
Behaviour change interventions. The Trainee has produced case studies detailing two behaviour change interventions delivered; a one-to-one, face-to-face sleep hygiene intervention; and an online intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake.
Research. The Trainee produced three original pieces of research, contributing to the evidence base in each area: A systematic review exploring the effect of walking interventions on anxiety, a multi-method study investigating the impact of lockdown on women engaged in team sport, and a readability analysis on online migraine information.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: health psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2023 11:47
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2023 11:48
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00019381
Supervisors: Kidd, T and Forshaw, M
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19381
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