We could tell you but then we’d have to kill you….

In February, Jo and Lucie visited Porton Down in Wiltshire to speak to Public Health England about their infection prevention and control project with partners in Chennai, India. We met Prof Silman and Dr Vassan when we were asked by The Tropical Health and Education Trust to run a workshop on behaviour for their Infection prevention and control grant holders. Nigel asked if we would consider coming to see them when their Indian partners were visiting and we ended up giving an open seminar to PHE staff, discussing the IPC project and meeting their very inspirational behavioural
unit. PHE and their partners are training staff in India in responding to travellers who are suspected to have serious infectious diseases: ambulance drivers, nurses and doctors. It is a really exciting project and we are hoping to find a way to work with them. Jo saw the business end of infection prevention and control measures when, returning from Saudi Arabia, she was isolated with suspected MERS. A little bit of unexpected ethnography!

Health Psychology is alive and kicking in Scotland

Jo and Lucie were delighted to be invited to run a workshop for Division of Health Psychology Scotland postgraduates in Glasgow last week.  After a rather bumpy plane ride from Manchester, we ran a morning workshop on global health psychology, including some of the benefits and challenges to working internationally in low resource settings.  Attended by around 25 postgrads, the workshop discussed the difficulties with healthcare workforce shortage and how understanding the impact of training on practice was crucial to make training more effective and efficient.  The participants joined in enthusiastically, planning studies and consultancy activities that might help Health Partnerships change health worker practice using training.

Following the workshop, we attended the DHP Scotland meeting in the afternoon.  The projects presented were impressive and thorough and the reception they received from the assembled great and good of health psychology in Scotland was warm and challenging.  Health Psychology is certainly thriving north of the border!

Staffordshire health psych trainees

This week, Jo visited Prof Karen Rodham’s group at the University of Staffordshire to advertise The Change Exchange. I talked to stage 2 health psychology trainees as part of an action learning session – we talked through the challenges of carrying out research in different cultures and the huge potential for benefit to us all.  I then had a brief opportunity to talk to the MSc Health psychology students at the end of their journal club (it sounded like the paper they had read was very ‘interesting’!). It was great to meet everyone and there was a lot of interest in our work– I think we might have a couple of people interested.

November

Lucie and Jo were at all sorts of different events in November. We gave a seminar at the University of Leeds, a workshop about behaviour change for Infection Prevention Control grant holders for THET in Birmingham, a workshop about behaviour change at the ASME researching medical education annual conference in London and a little closer to home, a talk about self-care at a Health Education England day in Manchester.