Paul Fisher

Dr

  • 2.07 Elizabeth Fry Building

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Personal profile

Biography

I am currently employed full time as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at UEA and as part of my responsibilities am the Programme Director of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training at UEA - a role I have held since September 2017. This involves 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 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 2011. After this I worked within an Older Adult Mental Health Team for a number of years. 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 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.

External Activities

  • I have undertaken paid consultancy work for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Malaysia
  • I have acted as a full programme external examiner for the University of Surray Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • I am external examiner for the University of Sheffield Clinical Assosciates in Psychology Msc (Apprenticeship) Programme
  • I am the International Tutor for the ClinPsyD programme
  • I am the Qualitative Methods and Practice Tutor for the ClinPsyD programme
  • I continue to work clinically with older adults for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS foundation Trust where I hold an honorary contract . This is based within Norwich.
  • I am a Parent Governor of a local primary School

Professional Activities

  • Full member of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the health and care professions council.

Teaching Interests

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

Career

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Programme Director for Psychological Wellbring Practitioner training, University of East Anglia. Sept 2017 Ongoing

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 and Expertise

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)

Network

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