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Supporting the mental health workforce in Scotland

The Inpatient Applied Psychology Research Unit is developing ways to increase the psychological skills of the mental health workforce in Scotland, particularly those providing acute inpatient psychiatric care. We are doing this through research and training (e.g., our South of Scotland CBT training course). Examples of our research work in this area is outlined below.

Braehler & Harper (2008)

  • This paper outlines our work on identifying the perceptions and priorities of CMHT workers in relation to the psychological needs of people with psychosis.

  • The paper is available here

Ferguson, Harper, Platz, Sloan & Smith (2016)

  • This paper outlines the challenges and opportunies in developing specialist CBT supervision training in Scotland using blended learning.

  • The paper is available here

Stenhouse & Harper (ongoing)

  • This study is using qualitative methodoloy to understand the experience of staff when applying a psychological model of care to an acute inpatient setting.

Switzer & Harper (ongoing)

  • This study is investigating the reasons for non compliance with SIGN guidelines for psychological therapies for schizophrenia.

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