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Health Psychology

Welcome to the Health Improvement/Health Psychology web pages

The Health Improvement/Health Psychology Team was created to deliver the NES funded Stage 2 training in Health Psychology, and to undertake research to demonstrate how health psychology can contribute to NHS Education for Scotland's mission to enable excellence in health and care through education, workforce development and support.

Please Note: NES COVID-19 Resources (learning materials for staff working in health and social care), including the Psychological First Aid eLearning module, can be found on the TURAS Learn platform

There are 3 main streams to our work: 

Click on the image to view the MAP of Health Behaviour Change Animation, which tells you all you need to know about the MAP Programme, why you should do it and how you can access it!

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About us:

The Heath Improvement/Health Psychology Team are a group of Health Psychologists who have a wide range of experience in delivering services and conducting research in health and social care settings. We are:

Vivien Swanson, Programme Lead

Hannah Dale, Health Psychology Tutor (Currently on maternity leave)

Bronagh Fitzpatrick, Health Psychology Tutor (maternity cover for Hannah)

Heather Connolly, Principal Educator

Michelle Clark, Specialist Research & Training Lead


About Health Psychology:

Health psychologists are specialists in health behaviour change, adding value to existing programmes to improve health,  understanding the complexities of barriers to change and improving the design and effectiveness of  interventions to change health behaviour for individuals, social groups and communities. 

Click on the image below for a quick summary of the focus for health psychology work developed by the Division of Health Psychology Scotland.DHP Image