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Dr Emanuelle Peters wins British Psychological Society award

03 April 2018

The joint founder of an award-winning psychology-led service for psychosis has been honoured by the Society.

Dr Emmanuelle Peters, director of the Psychology Interventions Clinic for Outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP) at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, is to receive our Professional Practice Board’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Practice

The award is made each year to a psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to professional practice in the UK.

Dr Peters founded PICuP with Professor Elizabeth Kuipers in 1999. It has an international reputation as one of the few entirely psychology-led services for psychosis in the UK.

The clinic, which provides NICE adherent psychological therapies, has won many awards including a Service User Involvement award and four internal Trust awards, and it was a finalist for two prestigious Health Service Journal awards this year.

Dr Peters has used her research skills to allow the clinic to evaluate the work it does and ensure it is delivering the best care possible. She continues to work in line with a scientist-practitioner model, contributing to the evidence base by sharing real world outcomes from a real life clinical service.

PICuP provides a platform for a programme of clinical research, and PICuP’s research register has supported over 50 projects (leading to nearly 100 publications), which led to being a finalist for a Clinical Research Network (CRN) award for its role in supporting research. It hosts visits from international colleagues and has provided the template for clinics in Melbourne and New York

It provides placements for trainees on doctoral courses and provides continuous professional development for approximately 10 qualified therapists a year. Over 150 therapists have received supervision from PICuP over the past 13 years. It also provides training and workshops on a national and international level, including the States, Australia and Japan.

Dr Peters said:

“I am delighted to have won this award. Although I have managed to have a research career somewhere along the way, I have always considered myself to be a clinician at heart. I am extraordinarily proud of the work we do in PICuP and of all the people who work there, many of whom worked with me as trainees and came back to stay. They are the most talented, devoted group of clinical psychologists you could ever hope for – it is a privilege to lead a team with such deep commitment to helping people with psychosis and a sense of shared values.

“A special thank you to Dr Rumina Taylor, for nominating me for this award, and also for the string of awards that PICuP has won over the last few years. “

“I have been lucky to have had incredibly inspiring role-models and mentors, particularly Professors Philippa Garety and Elizabeth Kuipers, who have shaped my career and provided me with a template of the kind of clinical psychologist I wanted to be. It has been a great honour to follow in their foot-steps and play a role in the delivery of psychological interventions for psychosis.

“My final thank you goes to the courageous individuals who come and share their distressing experiences with us in PICuP, it has been a privilege to learn from you and to have played even a small role in your lives.”

Nicola Gale, the President of the British Psychological Society, said:

“Dr Peters’ nomination for this award shows her to be the embodiment of the reflective scientist-practitioner. Her work has significantly shifted the thinking about psychosis and influenced clinical approaches. She has been instrumental in developing and evaluating psychological interventions and services for people with psychosis, and in training our next generation of psychologists.

“I congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

Read more about the Psychological Interventions Clinic for outpatients with Psychosis.

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