Psychology and Psychological Therapies (PPT) were well represented at the recent Faculty of Psychology of Older People's national conference in Southport, showcasing psychology led developments and projects within the Trust.
Ian Scott, Counselling Psychologist and Professional Lead for Devon Memory Service (DMS) and Inpatient DMS and Pete Keohane, Clinical Psychologist, presented on 'Reflections of a year of funded acute psychology provision in older people’s services', with Jenny Dickenson, Clinical Psychologist, providing her thoughts via a video link.
Pete Keohane also presented about 'Psychologically informed environments', speaking about provisional findings of 'Compassionate Focused Training' for staff on Beech ward.
Two poster presentations were on display:
‘It’s a relief to talk.’ - Developing a psychologically informal group on an older adult inpatient ward: Jo Veale, Assistant Psychologist, Caroline Todd, Staff Nurse and Jenny Dickenson.
‘Do I want to know?’ - Exploratory focus group study of client’s experience of receiving a diagnostic memory clinic letter: Kristina Argustaite, Assistant Psychologist, Jo Veale and Jenny Dickenson.
This is a great achievement from the Older Adult PPT specialty. The presentations were all very well received, prompting interesting and stimulating discussions that well and truly put us on the map!!