Biography

I am the Deputy Programme Director for the UEA Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme (ClinPsyD), within the Department of Clincial Psychology and Psychological Therapies in Norwich Medical School. 

I am proud to be a Clinical Psychologist, and proud to have the opportunity to support the training and development of tomorrow's workforce through my role at UEA. I am passionate that we create a workforce ready to serve the NHS, with Clinical Psychologists who have the potential to become expert clinicians and effect change in the way we deliver services to people with mental health problems. 

I firmly believe that Clinical Psychology research, and the resultant clinical practice that derives from this research, has huge untapped potential to make our services more effective, and to help us understand complex clinical problems more meaningfully. 

I am keen to promote the development of clinicians who are 'workplace ready' and come to the NHS with the right values. We need clinicians who are not afraid to 'speak up' and be able to prioritse the needs of the often vulnerable individuals we work with. We need clinicians who are driven by the desire to understand complex problems better, and who prioritise evidence over ideology. We need clinicians who will work effectively with other professionals, and seek to understandand improve wider systems that influence healthcare delivery. 

With all this in mind, then, I am delighted to be supported by such a able and fantastic team of staff within our department. I am, too, constantly inspired and proud of the excellent work of our trainees. I hope that, together, we can do 'our bit' for developing and promoting the delivery of effective and meaningful healthcare and treatments for people with mental health problems in East Anglia. 

Career

Prior to joining UEA in September 2016, Peter was Head of Secure Services Inpatient Psychology, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, at South Essex Partnership NHS Trust. This encompassed a service management role for psychology provision in all secure services within the trust, including a large low/medium secure unit in South Essex and two low secure units in Luton and Bedfordshire. As a Clinician working within this service, Peter gained significant experience in the assessment and treatment of offenders with mental health problems, including experience in using CBT for Psychosis on an individual basis within this population. 

 

At UEA, Peter's role encompasses a leadership role in regards to the practice placement elements of the Clinical Psychology programme, as well as management and strategic responsibilities for a number of other elements of programme delivery. 

Academic Background

BA Experimental Psychology - Oxford University - 2002-2005 (First Class)

DClinPsy - Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, King's College London - 2006-2009

LLM - Northumbria University - Mental Health Law, Distinction - 2018

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