Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Please note that following the success of the 'what good is health psychology anyway' CPD event held in November 2012 we will be holding a second event of the same nature but with different speakers this year. We welcome any suggestions for speakers from our members, we also encourage you to contact us if you are interested in speaking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for speakers with varied career paths who hold interesting jobs.
CPD event: What good is health psychology anyway?
The Midlands Health Psychology Network held a CPD event in November 2012. The event bought together a selection of researchers/academics/health professionals to discuss their individual career paths and how health psychology has driven this.
We were privileged to host Dr Mark Forshaw (Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University) who has a wealth of experience in many different areas of health psychology. He is a national expert in health psychology training, and also has a role in overseeing the training of all psychologists in the UK undertaking BPS qualifications. He is the past Chair of the DHP Training Committee and ex Chair, Chief Supervisor and Registrar for the BPS Board of Assessors in Health Psychology. Mark is the current Chair of the BPS Qualifications Standards Committee and is a Chartered Psychologist, Registered Psychologist, Health Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the BPS, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a Fellow of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education and also sit on the Council of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.
We were also very lucky to have Dr Naomi Bartle (Joint Research Role with the Primary Care Research Network and the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions (ARC-HLI) based at Coventry University), Dr Emmie Fulton (Research Fellow in eHealth Interventions based at ARC-HLI at Coventry University, joint post with NHS Warwickshire, Jennifer Hare (Trainee Health Psychologist working in the Physical Health Psychology Service in Wolverhampton) and Jude Hancock (registered Health Psychologist and current PhD student).
All five speakers were very well received and the event had a great turn out. Look out for more MHPN CPD events coming soon.
CPD event: BCT taxonomy project workshop
This full day workshop was aimed at anyone involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour change interventions (BCIs). Run by three members of the BCT Taxonomy team, Profs Susan Michie, Marie Johnston and Charles Abraham, the workshop trained participants to use the most recently developed, comprehensive, consensus-based, cross-domain taxonomy of BCTs. The BCTs covered health domains of illness management, illness prevention and health professional behaviours.
Through a series of individual and interactive learning exercises, participants were trained to identify at least 20 BCTs and reliably code excerpts and descriptions of behavioural change interventions, and were introduced to the full taxonomy of 87 BCTs. The aim was to increase the competence and confidence of participants in using the taxonomy and applying it to their work.
This workshop proved to be highly popular and was very well received by attendees.