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The psychology of inpatient care: Surviving, thriving and leading in institutional settings

15 September 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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FULLY BOOKED A pressing problem affecting all health and care providers is the matter of how institutional care (wards, nursing homes, care homes) sometimes becomes synonymous with poor care, neglect and abuse.

Official responses to this state of affairs are usually either to criticise the individuals concerned or to exhort them to greater effort and to show more ‘compassion’.

Taking a more psychological approach we will explore the relevance of several research fields from the wider fields of social psychology especially concerning discrimination and prejudice, occupational psychology, stress, behaviour modification and attachment theory.

There is also some very good nursing research that psychologists might be unfamiliar with. The special difficulties of caring for individuals with both severe cognitive impairments and severe health problems will be considered as contributing factors.

As well as trying to understand how such poor care happens (and marvel at how much good care there is) we will spend the latter part of the day exploring how applied psychologists working in health and care settings can not only survive but begin to thrive on the challenges thrown up by working in complex systems. An important part of this will be the consideration of how to best use leadership and influence in these settings. 

Target audience 

Applied psychologists working in hospitals, homes and residential units at any level.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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  1. Be able to specify the psychological factors that inhibit good care
  2. Be able to specify the psychological factors that promote poor care, neglect and abuse
  3. Be able to specify the psychological factors that will allow them to maximise their influence on the ward, care home or residential unit they work in
  4. Prepare a personal leadership action plan for the next 6 months
  5. Be able to analyse problematic situations critically, rather than automatically, and respond in a way that joins their values with practical actions (speaking up, being conspicuous and being a role model).

Paul Whitby CPsychol AFBPsS started his career in the health service as a student psychiatric nurse in a large hospital in Surrey. After a varied nursing career he became the Charge Nurse at the Children's LD Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital. At the same time he studied for a psychology degree and was accepted in to Clinical Psychology training in 1984.

Since then Paul has worked mainly with older adults whilst in the NHS and has always had a strong interest in inpatient units and supporting the staff within them.

He is a member of the FPOP group of authors for Older Adults Inpatient Guidance. His most recent post in the NHS was as Head of Psychology for Wiltshire. He is now in freelance practice.Paul is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the HCPC.

09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members  £240.00 (£200.00 +VAT)
Society Members

£150.00 (£125.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 14 September 2017.

Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please complete and return the 2017 Registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.


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