NameDr Wendy Lawrence
QualificationsPhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MSc, BSc
RoleAssociate Professor of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine Team-working, Leadership & Patient Safety theme Lead
Dr Wendy Lawrence is Associate Professor of Health Psychology within Medicine at the University of Southampton.
I am a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society and the European Health Psychology Society, and HCPC-registered. I am also the BPS Division of Health Psychology’s Practitioner Lead. My research interests cover all aspects of health improvement including lifestyle behaviours such as diet and physical activity, with a particular focus on translating research observations into activities to bring about behaviour change to improve population health. I contribute qualitative expertise and skills to a range of projects.
I have led the development and delivery of a training intervention, “Healthy Conversation Skills” (HCS), to front-line practitioners to enable them to better support people to make sustainable health behaviour changes. The training has since been commissioned by other agencies both in the UK and internationally to support workforce development and improvements in population health. It is being used as one mechanism of delivery of Health Education England’s work to meet the UK government’s Making Every Contact Count agenda, which is now part of all NHS contracts, with me providing consultancy and advice to HEE (Wessex). I also contribute to the Faculty of Medicine’s LifeLab programme, as I describe in this video on LifeLab.
Evaluation of the impact of HCS in different contexts and populations is a key focus of my current work. Funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health I supported the delivery, roll-out and evaluation of training across New Zealand to the maternal and child health workforce (with over 3,000 trained up to 2018) Healthy Conversation Skills Training web page. As part of a range of international collaborations, I have trained fieldworkers and researchers in South Africa, China, Australia and Canada.
I work with the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust facilitating well-being discussion groups in order to support improvements in the health and well-being of NHS staff. I am also the Team-working, Leadership and Patient Safety theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, working closely with students & staff to provide high quality learning experiences.