February 2013

Public Involvement Conference

by Christina Pedder

The Public Involvement Group conference will be hosted by the programme on the 19th March 2013. Come and hear about the public involvement work that is currently being done on the programme and meet people in your community who share your passion to make things better.

There will be keynote speakers from the National Youth Reference Group, young people who have experienced homelessness sharing their thoughts about what it takes to stay mentally healthy. The day will also include presentations from LUPIN, current trainees and course staff. There will be opportunities for networking and for organisations and groups to host stands and publicise their work.

The conference is on Tuesday, 19th March 2013, 10.00am - 3.30pm at the Gujarat Hindu Society Centre, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JN.

If you would like to attend, or host a stand for your group or organisation at the event, please contact Christina Pedder on 01524 593378 or at c.pedder@lancaster.ac.uk as places are limited.

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Welcoming our new staff members

by Craig Murray

Our new staff members

Rob Parker has joined the programme admin team part time to provide support for all things I.T. and develop the programme's online resources. Rob spent a decade working in the new media sector on web and video projects before moving into social work. He splits his time between DClinPsy and the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research here at Lancaster where he is researching web based delivery of psychological therapies.

The research team have two new members, Pete Greasley and Sean Cowilshaw. Pete is taking up the post of part-time Teaching Fellow, having previously been a lecturer in the School of Health at the University of Bradford where he has taught post-graduate research methods and published an introductory book on quantitative data analysis. He's also published a book of tips for students doing essays and assignments and is currently co-editing a book on psychology for nursing and the health professions. Pete has conducted research and evaluation projects in community mental health services, social care and primary care settings.

Sean's appointment is as a Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods in the Division of Health Research. He will spend a portion of this time on the programme. Sean worked as a Research Fellow and Statistician at Monash University from 2010 - 2012 where he researched comorbidity and treatments for problem gambling, as well as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and links with dysfunction in family relationships.

The clinical team also have two new members, Yuko Takeda and Helena Rose. Yuko is an honorary clinical tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and IAPT High Intensity Training Courses. She works on Wednesday and Thursday and for the rest of the week, she fulfils her clinical, research and service development roles in the IAPT service in Liverpool. Yuko's clinicall interests are alcohol use, complex PTST and OCD, and her current project proposal is about engagement of postnatally depressed women.

Helena has joined the team as a Clinical Tutor. She trained on the Lancaster course and is looking forward to meeting the rest of the staff team and trainees, as well as experiencing training from the 'other side'. She worked as a Clinical Psychologist in a specialist Eating Disorders Team since qualifying, and now works part time in an Early Intervention in Psychosis Team. Have a look at this month's High Five to find out a little more about Helena!

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When the Personal and Professional Collide

by Ste Weatherhead

Ste WeatheheadSte Weatherhead is undertaking an epic birthday challenge to raise money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. His plan is to travel the 92 miles from Carnforth to his home on the Wirral entirely under his own steam using a kayak, bicycle and sturdy pair of trainers.

However, there is more to this journey than just raising money after his professional and personal lives collided. You can read about his experiences and support his brave endeavour by clicking here.

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Christmas Party Review

by Hannah Wilson

Celebrating Christmas 2012 at Barker House Farm

As trainees, we are (sometimes) encouraged to pay attention to our self-care, to allow time for ourselves and have fun. And so, despite our ever heightening stress levels and a deep desire to hibernate, we embraced the festive spirit (and the free food and wine). The Christmas party was, as ever, a night to remember, even if only in hung-over patches. Some memories are more resistant than others to erasure: Ian Smith's unique interpretation of Love Shack; an impressive attempt at the lift from Dirty Dancing; and of course, the spectacular costumes. The second years in particular (I'm not biased at all...) were transformed into a colourful collective of Christmas joy. A special shout out has to go to Jen Davies, as the only tutor to fully adopt fancy dress; what a lovely present to us all!

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Congratulations to our graduates!

by Cathy Amor

The 2009 intake of trainees came back to their alma mater on 12 December. They dressed up to the nines in grey gowns and black bonnets and paraded on the stage of the Great Hall. We have to address them all as 'Doctor' now. The gowns were so fetching that quite a few Doctors wanted to take them home. We have set up a small social enterprise making copies of gowns to provide employment to B+B owners in the Lake District who have no bookings due to the awful weather. We have nightwear and smoking room styles (extra gold braid optional). It was great to meet the proud relatives of our new Doctors at the reception afterwards. We provided a sumptuous buffet as recompense for hardly seeing their loved ones during the 3rd year of training. Here's a big 'thank you' to them all for making cups of tea and chip butties to sustain the dedicated workers for so long.

The 2009 intake graduating in December 2012

On a more serious note: The Graduation Ceremony on 12 December was a big event for the graduates of the 2009 intake and for all the DClinPsy staff. It was a real celebration of sustained achievement. Time goes quickly and it doesn't seem 3 years since they arrived on the programme. We have been so impressed by their dedication to learning and to the profession. We are very proud of them,too, and it has been a privilege to be part of their journey. We wish each graduate of the programme 'bon voyage' and 'good luck' in their new jobs. We hope they won't forget us and we'll be in touch about ways in which they might want to stay involved with the programme in future years.

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2012 Intake Away Day

by Charlotte Ingham

The 2012 intake enjoying a slightly cloudy Lake District

I think it's safe to say that every one in the 2012 cohort who took part enjoyed the trip to Ambleside during our induction teaching block. After huge delays on the M6, we all finally arrived and took part in the activities - rock climbing, kayaking or hill walking. The evening involved some team-bonding activities (aka. drinking games) and what felt like a very long walk into town to find the elusive 'only nightclub in Ambleside'. Thank you to everyone who arranged it for us - we had a great time!

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SRP Presentation Day 2013

by Sarah Heard

You are warmly invited to attend the SRP presentation day and spring research seminar on Monday 4th March 2013 (10am - 5pm). This event is a great opportunity to see the 2011 intake of trainees present the findings from their research to peers, tutors and colleagues from the NHS in an interactive forum. We do hope you will be able to join us.

The programme team is pleased to announce that the spring research seminar will be given by Dr Peter Fisher on 'Metacognitive therapy: applications in adult mental health and physical health populations'. Dr Fisher is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology within the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool and is widely published in the field of metacognitive therapy.

The day will begin at 10am with the first streams of SRP presentations, followed by the research seminar given by Dr Peter Fisher at 12noon. A hot buffet lunch will be served at 1pm before finishing with the second stream of presentations commencing at 2pm. The venue will be on the Lancaster University campus and will be confirmed in due course.

If you are interested in attending all, or part of the day, or would like more information then please contact Sarah Heard, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 592754.

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Graduate from 2009 cohort wins prize for best poster

by Sarah Heard

Sinead MurphySinead Murphy, from the 2009 cohort of trainees, recently presented the findings of her Service Related Project on "How useful have staff on two older adult inpatient wards found psychological training and consultation?" to attendees of the annual Division of Clinical Psychology conference. Sinead was also award the prize for the best poster presented at the conference. The programme team would like to congratulate Sinead on this recent success.

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Coming Up...

SRP presentation day and spring research seminar
Date: Monday 4th March 2013
Time: 10.00am-3.00pm
Location: Lancaster University Conference Centre
Contact: Sarah Heard, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 592754

LUPIN Steering Group
Date: Thursday 14th March 2013
Time: 10.00am-12.30pm
Location: Furness Building, Lancaster University
Contact: Christina Pedder, c.pedder@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 593378

Public Involvement Conference
Date: Tuesday 19th March 2013
Time: 10.00am-3.30pm
Location: Gujarat Hindu Society Centre, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JN
Contact: Christina Pedder, c.pedder@lancaster.ac.uk or 01524 593378

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