Paul Fisher

Dr

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Biography

I am currently employed full time as Associate Dean Apprenticeships and as a Clinical Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology. I am the Director for Post Graduate Taught Programmes within the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies. I am also the Programme Director of the Master of Science Clinical Associate in Psychology Degree Apprenticeship. This new apprenticeship launched in December 2021 and has 51 graduates and will take its fourth cohort in Sept 2024 training CAPs for the East of England and London. I have lead development of all aspects of the programme for the University including close work with NHS Partners. As part of my role I am the Co-Chair of the Group of Trainers in Clinical Associate in Psychology (GTiCAP) Committee. In my Associate Dean role, which I have held since January 2024, I work with others to ensure academic quality for the UEA Apprenticeship Portfolio. 

Prior to my current roles I was a Programme Director of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training at UEA - a role I held since September 2017. This involved leadership of all aspects of the PWP programme and the associated PWP long term conditions training. I have led the programme and its staff team through its first successful accreditation process and through recent expansions.

I contribute to many aspects of the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology - undertaking teaching, research, supervisory and pastoral roles. My teaching and research interests centre on working with older people, including those with dementia and around professional practice issues such as formulation and reflective practice. I have expertise in the use of qualitative research methods, and this often informs my research.

I have a long-standing interest in international developments across the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies and as such have held the role of International Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. As part of this role I hold an adjunct appointment as Senior Lecturer at Sunway University, Malaysia and have visited Malaysia, Singapore and other countries multiple times contributing to the development of Clinical Psychology in these areas. In June 2019 I undertook work for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Malaysia where I developed and delivered a Mental Health Literacy training for the Malaysian Ministry of Health.  

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of South Wales (Cardiff) in 2001. I was awarded my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from the University of Plymouth (Bristol Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).

On qualification I worked as a Clinical Psychologist within a large NHS older adult mental health team. In 2010 I started working in Singapore for James Cook University as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Concurrently I worked as an honorary Clinical Psychologist for Changi General Hospital within an older adult mental health team. In 2013 I returned to the UK to work in my current post at UEA and as a clinical psychologist with people who have experienced a brain injury. In June 2017 I changed my NHS role to working clinically with older people with mental health problems, including dementia, across a range of inpatient wards. From May 2019 I have worked full time at UEA and hold an honorary contract with Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Foundation Trust to undertake clinical work with older adults.

Teaching Interests

I contribute to various aspects of the teaching of Trainee Clinical Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Assosicate Psychologists and Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners at UEA. 

Career

Associate Dean Apprenticeships UEA. January 2024 - ongoing

Clinical Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology/ Director for Post Graduate Taught Programmes within the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological therapies/ Programme Director of the Master of Science Clinical Associate in Psychology Degree Apprenticeship. Oct 2021 - ongoing

 

Senior Clinical Lecturer/Clinical Associate Professor and Programme Director for Psychological Wellbring Practitioner training, University of East Anglia. Sept 2017 - Sept 2021

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Sunway University Malaysia. 2019 - ongoing

Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. University of East Anglia. Joined 2013.

Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Foundation Trust Joined June 2017. Honarary role as of September 2019 

Clinical Psychologist. Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. 2013 - 2017

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. James Cook University, Singapore. 2010 - 2012

Honorary Clinical Psychologist, Changi General Hospital, Singapore. 2011 - 2012

Clinical Psychologist, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health partnership NHS Trust 2008 - 2010

Key Research Interests

I have a number of current research interests including:

  • Older Adult mental health issues particularly focusing around dementia and person centred care 
  • Patients experiences of Eletroconvulsive Therapy 
  • Professional issues for clinical psychologists and other psychological therapists including formulation and reflective practice
  • The development and use of reflective practice, mindfulness, resilience and self care by Trainee Clinical Psychologists and other psychological therapists

I am particularly interested in the use of qualitative research methods including Thematic Analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Grounded Theory and participatory approaches. 

Academic Background

Sept 2007 – DClinPsych, University of Plymouth (Bristol Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)
June 2001 – BSc Psychology – University of South Wales (Cardiff University)

Academic Background

August 2021 - PGDip in Higher Education Practice - University of East Anglia 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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