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Health Psychology in Action

Mark Forshaw (Editor), David Sheffield (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-66734-7
264 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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A definitive guide to the growing field of health psychology, which showcases contributions from academics and professionals working at the cutting edge of their discipline.
  • Explores the field of modern health psychology, its latest developments, and how it fits into the contexts of modern healthcare, industry and academia
  • Offers practical, real-world examples and applications for psychological theory in health care settings
  • Provides a timely resource to support the new HPC registration of health and other psychologists
  • Includes contributions from practitioners in a wide range of health care settings who share their own vivid personal experiences, as well as more general guidance to applying theory in practice
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Table of Contents

About the Editors vii

List of Contributors ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgements xix

1 Applying Health Psychology to Dentistry: 'People, Not Teeth' 1
Sarah Baker

2 Promoting the Application of Health Psychology in Primary Health Care 17
Amy Baraniak

3 Health Psychology in the NHS: The Long andWinding Road . . . 28
Julian Bath

4 A Journey into Health Psychology and Beyond 40
Sheila Bonas

5 Health Psychology in Cyberspace 50
Neil Coulson

6 Working in Academia: A Different Kind of Practice, but Practice Nonetheless 58
Lorna Dodd

7 Shared Decision Making 69
Darren Flynn

8 Writing, Training, Teaching, Researching, Consulting, Quality Assurance and the Kitchen Sink 84
Mark Forshaw

9 What Are the Roles of a Health Psychologist in Clinical Practice? Defining Knowledge, Skills and Competencies 93
Claire Hallas

10 Health Psychology: The Missing Ingredient from Health and Safety? 105
Jenny Lunt

11 Keeping Up Appearances in Health Psychology 116
Timothy P. Moss

12 Social and Political Health Psychology in Action 128
Michael Murray

13 Tailoring Behavioural Support and Tailoring Health Psychology Careers 138
Felix Naughton

14 Working with Chronic Pain 150
Sue Peacock

15 Combining Practice and Academia as a Health Psychologist 161
Karen Rodham

16 Health Psychologists in Action – Working for the Pharmaceutical Industry 172
Katja R¨udell

17 The Rapid Growth of Health Psychology in Medical Schools and Clinical Practice 183
Harbinder Sandhu and Shilpa Patel

18 The Lived Experience of a Qualitative Health Psychologist 195
Rachel L. Shaw

19 Health Psychology in Sickle Cell and Other Long-Term Haematological Conditions 207
Veronica Joan Thomas

20 Afterword 221
Mark Forshaw and David Sheffield

Index 225

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Author Information

Mark Forshaw is Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Psychology at Staffordshire University and recipient of the 2011 BPS Division of Health Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Health Psychology. He has researched and published widely in health psychology, on subjects as diverse as menopause, complementary therapies, and hand-arm vibration syndrome.

David Sheffield is the Associate Head of the Centre for Psychological Research at the University of Derby. Sheffield's research expertise extends to stress and cardiovascular responses, and he has written interventions to improve wellbeing, pain perception and management, and mathematics anxiety.

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“Overall, these stories are pleasingly positive and the contributors’ pride in their practice is as likely to be as much an encouragement to prospective practitioners as is the appeal of the diversity of health psychology itself.”  (QMIP Bulletin, 1 October 2012)

Despite widespread recognition of the potential of health psychologists to contribute to the wellbeing and health of people and organisations, we are still in the foothills of the journey to developing clear career paths and structures within the health services and public health.  This volume offers a collection of personal accounts written by health psychologists who are contributing positively in a wide variety of contexts, despite the challenges posed by the lack of these structures.  These accounts make the Stage 2 competencies come alive, and will be an invaluable illustration to trainee health psychologists that with tenacity, they too can establish themselves as professionals and can make significant contributions to health and health care, despite the shifting sands of the NHS and public health.
?Nichola Rumsey, Co-Director, Centre for Appearance Research, Dept of Psychology, UWE Bristol

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