Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Setting up our Staff Wellbeing Service, informally over the past year through Covid and now on a stronger well-funded footing, has been a labour of love! Public sector staff, including those working with the NHS, put so much of themselves into uplifting the health and wellbeing of the people they serve, often by putting their own needs on the backburner. It is a pleasure and a privilege to do all that we can to ensure their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, either by providing interventions ourselves or by signposting them to others as needed.
As the Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies for Dorset HealthCare and the Clinical Lead for the Dorset Pain Management Service, it has been a joy to work with our staff as well as members of the public over many decades to ensure that we provide the best services we possibly can in Dorset at the cutting edge of innovative healthcare. I have spent a lifetime advocating for and empowering the silent sufferers of society and currently, with all that staff are doing with through the pandemic, it is an honour to support those who are supporting others, selflessly and often, despite considerable cost to their own health.
For my own wellbeing … I always have a book on the boil and as a recital pianist in a former lifetime, music provides me with emotional sustenance in a variety of ways – my poor family knows how I’m feeling from the way I bang the ivories! Through the past year, I’ve really thrived on using online forums to connect with friends and family all over the world and while I can’t wait to see them in person, sharing a coffee and a laugh … or bingo … or faith events … or escape rooms! … has given me love, strength and perspective when I’ve needed it the most.