As of autumn 2019 I begin a contract with NHS Lanarkshire as a trainee clinical psychologist. I'll be using my existing psychological expertise together with that developed from the trainee course at Glasgow University to tend to the mental health of patients from all walks of life and across the lifespan.This follows a period working at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust across departments supporting people living with persistent pain, HIV, and following a burn injury.
In the past I have worked with a number of psychological organisations, including my old employer SHL/CEB and some smaller startups, offering advice and guidance. i have stronger relations with a few of these, and describing them gives some insight into the kinds of projects I find exciting.
Since early 2013 I've worked with Mindapples, a social business focused on helping everyone take better care of their minds, through training, consultancy and scientific review.
The thing I like about this business is how much focus its programs place on the evidence base, drawing on both the psychological and neuroscientific literature. The playful side of me got a kick out of their bouncy, pragmatic approach to science communication, as well as their empowering tactic to ask people - in GP waiting rooms and trendy music festivals - how they look after their mental health, using this to understand our diverse responses to good times and bad.
In 2011 I began writing for the British Psychology Society or BPS. This was initially through running a blog on work psychology, before transitioning over to their massively popular main site the Research Digest from 2014-2019. This kept a focus on psychology in the workplace but with a remit to cover any aspect of psychology that I thought would engage.