Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Organisation: University College London Hospitals and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Anna is a GenerationQ Fellow and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at University College London Hospitals and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
She has over 12 years’ experience as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in physical health care. In her current leadership role at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, she has designed, set up and recruited to a musculoskeletal pain management service, and is responsible for integrating health psychology into mainstream services.
Anna is also Psychology Lead for the flagship Abdominal Pelvic Pain Pathway and Integrated Pain Service at UCLH. She is part of a team developing a pilot integration project that promotes ‘excellence in everyday behaviour’. The project aims to improve pain management skills and compassionate care, and develop a specialised inter-disciplinary Complex Pain Team to help provide intelligent interventions for patients with complex needs: ‘The vision is that the expert team, although hospital based, will advise and support primary and tertiary care workers in a flexible, accessible manner. The service was co-designed with the local CCG and aims to provide seamless, coordinated care.’
Anna feels that combining her experience in behaviour change with learning from the GenerationQ programme will strengthen her ability to lead and take forward innovations: ‘The programme will provide the backbone to help me really focus on leadership, innovation and quality; learning from people who have the experience and expertise to function as guides and mentors.’
Anna is passionate about translating evidence into clinical practice, and improving staff knowledge and skills to produce health care benefits. She hopes the pilot integration project she is part of leading could form a model to be rolled out nationally, ‘tackling what is needed in long-term conditions, which is a significant component of NHS provision moving forward.’
She is an honorary lecture in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, UCL.
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