Dr Jo Cheffey, our Strategic Lead for Older Adult Psychology across Devon Partnership Trust, recently won the Bill Downes award at this year’s Faculty for Psychology of Older People (FPOP) national conference. The Bill Downes award recognises the contribution of a mid-career clinical psychologist to work with older people. Congratulations Jo!
At a national level Jo is probably best known for the work she has done alongside colleagues from OPMH in translating recovery principles to the area of dementia care as well as promoting the voices of people with dementia. The most recent example of this is the innovative course that Jo ran with Dr Laura Hill at a local Recovery College about 'Living Well with Dementia'. This course was co-produced with a person who has dementia and his carer, and Jo has presented on and published a paper about this project (Cheffey et al 2017). This ground-breaking work was drawn on by Alzheimer Europe in their positional paper on involving people with dementia in research (Gove et al. 2017). Prior to this Jo has worked with Dr Laura Hill on translating Wellness and Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) to the field of dementia (Cheffey et al 2013). She has also published on older adults’ experiences of attending a memory clinic (Dickenson, Cheffey, & Harrison, 2013) in collaboration with Dr Jenny Dickenson and Dr Mark Harrison. This work has been in addition to and outside of her clinical work.
Jo worked as an older adult psychologist within the trust for the last 16 years providing clinical supervision to many of the local older adult psychologists. Jo has a particular interest in using Cognitive Analytical Therapy with Older Adults and is qualified in the use of this model as well as supervising others in it.