Imogen Rushworth

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Administrative Posts

 

Key responsibilities

  • Programme Accrediation Lead; 2018 -
  • OSCE Lead; 2018 -
  • Head of Admissions and Selection for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology with lead responsibilities in overseeing all selection, recruitment and admissions procedures for entry to the ClinPsyD; 2011 - 2018.

  • Chair of the ClinPsyD Selection Committee; 2011 - 2018

  • Vice Chair and Secretary to the Programme Executive Team, 2013 - 2017

  • Member of the ClinPsyD Joint Training Committee

  • Member of ClinPsyD exam board; 2011 - 2018

  • Member of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma exam board; 2013 - 2017

 

Enterprise and Engagement Activities

  • Cosultant to Norwich Integration Partnership Refugee Support Services
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee, National Group of Trainers (GTiCP) in Clinical Psychology (2018 - )
  • Chair of National Group of Trainers (GTiCP) in Clinical Psychology Selection Tutors’ Subgroup (2015 - 2018)

  • Selection Subgroup Chair on Management Board of GTiCP (2015 - 2018)

  • Board member of National Clearing House Committee in Clinical Psychology (2015 - 2018)

  • UEA Representative to the Division of Clinical Psychology East of England Branch Committee (2013 – 2016)

  • Member of the FMH Admissions Executive (2014 – 2015) and of the Medical School Admissions Committee (2015 -2018)

  • Engagement with external stakeholders in all processes relating to admissions to the programme (2011- 2018)

  • Engagement with external stakeholders in provision of practice placements for the ClinPsyD (2004 – date)

  • Widening participation initiatives involving schools’ liaison and outreach activities (2013 – 2018)

  • Consultant to the Young Mind’s Charity (2015 -date)

Biography

Imogen has a longstanding interest in clinical psychology.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Sheffield from 1989 to 1992 then was awarded a scholarship by the Centre for Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield to undertake a PhD in functional medical disorders from 1992 to 1995.  She then immediately gained entry to clinical psychology training and was awarded her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1998 from the University of East Anglia Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.  

Once qualified she initially worked in Child and Adolescent mental health services in Cambridge, working first in an inpatient adolescent eating disorders service, before moving to an outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.  Here she worked with multidisciplinary teams, working clinically with a variety of presentations, directly with clients and indirectly with carers and involved professionals.

Imogen then returned to a research role, having being offered a Postdoctoral Research Clinical Psychologist position at the University of Cambridge Institute of Public Health.  Here she worked with internationally renowned Health Psychologists to develop behaviour change interventions for chronic health conditions, including diabetes and smoking cessation.  She maintained clinical practice during this time, working first in a Diabetes Clinic and then a Smoking Cessation service, to link directly research and theory to practice.  This experience led to an on-going interest in the field of Clinical Health Psychology, theory and practice, and enabled Imogen to gained Chartered Health Psychologist status as well as Chartered Clinical Psychologist status.

Imogen has continued to combine her clinical and research expertise since moving to UEA.  She has been a Clinical Tutor/Clinical Lecturer on the UEA Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology since 2004, becoming Selection Tutor in 2011 with lead responsibility for Admissions and trainee Personal and Professional Development.  She also continues to maintain her clinical work, working part time in clinical practice in Norwich with adults, specialising in Clinical Health Psychology. 

She is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, registered with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists, recognising expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Academic Background

Educational and Professional Qualifications:

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of East Anglia

PhD, University of Sheffield

BSc, Special Honours, University of Sheffield

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Health Psychologist (HCPC)

Accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Therapist (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Currently Imogen’s main research interests are the experiences of forced migrants and professionals working with them, and self disclosure by professionals working in therpeutic settings or in training for these professions.  She is also interested in Clinical Health psychology, particularly gastrointestinal conditions and diabetes.  She has also an interest in post-traumatic experiences related to childbirth and mother-infant relationships.  She has broader interests informed by her dual experience in Clinical and Health Psychology, researching the interface between Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology, particularly in using therapeutic tools from each to inform practice in the other. 

Research Words

Clinical Health Psychology
Behaviour change interventions

Teaching Interests

The majority of teaching Imogen does is on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, though she also contributes to workshops for placement providers and supervisors to the programme delivered regionally, teaches on the University of Essex Clinical Psychology training programme and is a consultant to and provider of workshops to the Young Mind’s charity as part of their Mental Health First Aiders training.  Imogen is particularly interested in applying knowledge from the fields of clinical and health psychology to the treatment and intervention of physical health problems, and in promoting transferable skills from clinical psychology to the treatment of physical health conditions. 

She is also interested in how trainees can use knowledge of the “self” in their clinical work and in the interface between the personal and professional in working with clients, which is related to her role as Lead for the provision of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) systems for the Programme.  Imogen oversees and coordinates provision of the PPD and pastoral support systems for trainees during the course, engaging with external supervisors to ensure robust support systems to enhance the trainee learning experience and promote resilience throughout the duration of training.

She is an advisor to Trainee Clinical Psychologists and supervisors trainee doctoral research theses, and PhD and Masters students in the Medical School and Social Work.

 

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision

  • Self disclosure by mental health professionals
  • Forced migrant experiences
  • Posttraumatic experiences in fathers of very low birth weight babies and young mothersExperiences of, and self-efficacy in, breastfeeding

  • Psychological aspects of diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis and asthma

  • Depression in men and adolescents

 

Teaching Activities

  • Module Organiser for Clinical Health Psychology and Personal and Professional  Development (PPD) Modules (2004 – date)

  • Teaching on the Clinical Health Psychology, PPD and Core Clinical Psychology modules (2004 – date)

  • Case Discussion/Peer Supervision Group lead (2004 – date)

  • Year Tutor (2004 – date)

  • Academic advisor and research supervisor

  • Organisation and facilitation of supervisor training workshops for regional placement providers

Imogen has a significant an interest in widening participation in Clinical Psychology at the level of GCSE and A level students, which informed her work as Admissions Lead for the Programme.  She is a member of the BPS Directory of Career’s Service Volunteers, an outreach programme to schools, and was a member of the Health Education East steering committee for Health Ambassadors, which works with FE institutes to promote careers in the NHS.  She contributes to UEA Summer Schools, and Outreach events, gives careers presentations to local schools, is involved with the Young Minds charity to promote careers in mental health and delivers careers presentations to undergraduates in the Department of Psychology at UEA.

 

Professional Activities

  • Programme Accrediation Lead; 2018 -
  • OSCE Lead; 2018 -Head of Selection and Admissions, UEA ClinPsyD (2011 - 2018)
  • Vice Chair and Secretary of UEA ClinPsyD Executive Committee (2013 - 2017)
  • Member of UEA MED school Admissions Executive Committee (2013 - 2018)
  • Membership of British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Health Psychology and Faculty for Clinical Health Psychology (2005 - date)
  • Professional membership networks
  • UEA ClinPsyD representative for Division of Clinical Psychology East of England Branch (2013 - 2016)

Career

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, 2016 -

Clinical Tutor and Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, 2004 - 2016

Selection Tutor for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate since 2011

Personal and Professional Lead for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate since 2004

Senior Clinical Psychologist, St Giles Clinic, Norwich, 2005 - date

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, 2001 to 2004

Clinical Psychologist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust 1999 to 2005

Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust / University of East Anglia, 1995 to 1998

PhD Student, University of Sheffield, 1992 to 1995

 

External Activities

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Cosultant to Norwich Integration Partnership Refugee Support Services
  • Treasurer, Executive Committee, National Group of Trainers (GTiCP) in Clinical Psychology (2018 - )
  • Chair of National Group of Trainers (GTiCP) in Clinical Psychology Selection Tutors’ Subgroup (2015 - 2018)

  • Selection Subgroup Chair on Management Board of GTiCP (2015 - 2018)

  • Board member of National Clearing House Committee in Clinical Psychology (2015 - 2018)

  • UEA Representative to the East of England Division of Clinical Psychology Committee (2013 – 2016)

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of experience and contribution to the field of psychology (AFBPsS)

  • BPS Directory of Career’s Service Volunteers (2011 – date)

  • GTiCP Widening Participation Initiative (2013 – 2018)

  • Consultant to Young Minds Charity and provision of training workshops (2015 - date )

  • Health Education East Health Ambassadors and NHS Career’s outreach programme (2011 – 2018)

  • Careers initiatives to local schools (2014 – date)

 

Professional Activities

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist) Health and Care Professions Council

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society

  • Membership of British Psychological Society (BPS); BPS Division of Clinical Psychology, BPS Division of Health Psychology; BPS Faculty for Clinical Health Psychology; Group of Trainers in Clinical Psychology

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

  • Registered Accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Therapist, British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists, recognising expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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