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Meet the PITAMH Team

The Psychological Interventions & Therapies for Adult Mental Health Team supports the implementation of evidence based psychological therapies and interventions across Scotland.

The team works closely with the Scottish Government's Mental Health Division to develop multidisciplinary education programmes in Psychological Therapies for staff working in the Scottish Government key priority areas, (Alcohol & Substance Misuse, Forensic & Prisons Mental Health, Older Adults and Trauma) and staff working with depression, anxiety and psychosis.

Research on the use of evidence-based interventions highlights the importance of ongoing skills development with a programme of training, coaching and practice feedback in order to enhance the skills of staff.  It is clear from the research that one-off training events do not lead to a change in practice on their own, but that coaching and observed practice with feedback are necessary to consolidate and implement new learning.  The Psychological Interventions & Therapies for Adult Mental Health team has focused on developing a programme of training experiences which build upon each other, blending online e-learning modules, training events focused on the practice of skills, and ongoing skills-based coaching to maximise the impact of the training on staff skills and effectiveness of the intervention.

The Psychological Interventions & Therapies for Adult Mental Health team consists of:

 

To contact the team: 

E: Psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk

T: 0131 656 3455

 

Head of Programme – Anne Joice

Anne Joice was appointed as Programme Director for the Psychological Interventions Team in March 2010. Anne is an Occupational Therapist who has a post-graduate qualification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Over the past 35 years Anne has worked in mental health services in NHS Lothian, NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University. She has worked as a clinician, professional lead and educator and was a founder member of the STEPs team in Glasgow. Anne leads on the provision of low-intensity training. 

Principal Educator: Substance Misuse – Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked within the addictions field for the past 28 years and is responsible for developing training for substance misuse services across Scotland.  She received her academic training in a Community-Clinical Psychology programme which allowed her to specialise in addiction studies, and then spent a year internship at the Substance Abuse Treatment Units of Yale Medical School.  She has worked in both Scotland and the United States, and has experience working clinically in a range of settings, including long term residential programmes, inpatient units, community based services and a harm reduction centre.  She has developed training for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the University of the West of Scotland and Stirling University.

Principal Educator: Psychological Interventions – Richard Cosway

Richard joined the Psychological Interventions team in September 2016. He is a clinical psychologist and over the past 13 years he has worked in a variety of NHS settings including primary care mental health, HIV and clinical health psychology, and neuropsychology services. Since qualifying, he has enjoyed teaching and training multidisciplinary groups regarding various aspects of psychological interventions and therapies, particularly regarding working with individuals with complex psychological and medical presentations.   

Principal Educator: Deborah McQuaid 

Deborah McQuaid joined the PITAMH team in April 2018.  Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2006, Deborah has worked in adult community mental health teams in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and continues to do so in addition to her NES role.  As a Clinical Psychologist she has had a lead role in the development of several therapeutic group programmes and is an experienced group facilitator.  Deborah has had a variety of teaching and training roles relating to the training of Clinical Psychologists at the University of Glasgow, CBT therapists on the South of Scotland CBT programme and multi-disciplinary staff in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  

Principal Educator: Forensic - Sarah Weldon 

Sarah Weldon joined the Psychological Therapies interventions team as Principal Educator in Forensic and Prison Mental Health in September 2018. Sarah has worked across a range of forensic settings inclusive of prisons, high, medium, low secure and community forensic services. Sarah continues to work as a Clinical Psychologist in the Forensic Community Mental Health Team and the STAR Service (Specialist Treatments for Addressing Risk), a role which frequently involves the supervision of multi-disciplinary staff in the delivery of psychological therapies. Over the course of her career, Sarah’s role has routinely involved teaching and training other professionals and doctoral students. Sarah’s area of clinical and empirical specialism is cognition in intimate partner violence offenders.