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"I’m a clinical psychologist and I lead the Psychological Wellbeing Team, based in the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service.  I’ve been with the Trust since 2006 - but I originally joined York Health Authority in 1987 as a trainee clinical psychologist.  There was a shortage of clinical psychologists at that time, and York funded me to do my training at Leeds University on condition that I worked for them once I qualified.  I stuck to my word and I’m still here!

"From being very small, I knew that I would work in healthcare (and for me that meant the NHS) – the idea of being a psychologist came later. My mum is 90 and recalls how wonderful it was when free healthcare became available to all in 1948.  Her appreciation of the NHS is now instilled in me and I’m proud to be part of it.

"I love my role!  The best bit is that I meet a whole range of staff who, through no fault of their own, are suffering distress and mental ill health.  People arrive in my clinic from all areas and all levels of the organisation. I feel privileged that they put their trust in me to share difficult and painful experiences and I value the opportunity to offer them assistance.

"I also enjoy working with staff across the organisation on a range of initiatives to promote and support the mental health of our workforce.  There is still a way to go – mental health has a very long history of stigma - but I think people are beginning to recognise that mental health is everybody’s issue and there is more openness about it than ever before.

"A good day for me is one when I can look back and realize that I have done things that reflect my most important values in life. 
Some good advice is “don’t sweat the small stuff” - I try to keep my focus on the bigger picture and keep all the daily hassles in perspective as they can cause stress if we let them get to us."

26 March 2018

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