Amy Blakemore

Amy Blakemore

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Overview

I am a Lecturer in Mental Health in the Mental Health Research Group, Division of Nursing, Social Work and Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, and  Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 

My core research interests are: 

  • Design, evaluation, and implementation of interventions for physical and mental multimorbidity in the UK and global healthcare settings. 
  • The development of self-management interventions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the reduction of inequalities in access to treatment.
  • Capacity and capability building for the treatment of multimorbidity and research methods in low-and middle-income countries. 

I am currently work package lead for capacity and capability building on 'Burns Rehabilitation: A mutlidisciplinary programme for burns management, treatment and prevention in low-income countries' funded by NIHR RIGHT, call 4. 

I am also leading a programme of research to co-design a culturally adapted pulmonary rehabilitation programme to improve access, engagement, and completion for South Asian people with COPD in the UK. 

I currently supervise 2 PhD students and chair a multidisciplinary group designed to develop research capacity in multimorbidity for early career researchers at the University of Manchester and  Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL). 

My teaching is closely alligned to my research interests. I am Unit Lead for the Long-Term Conidtions unit for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. I also contribute to teaching on the PG Cert for Primary Care Mental Health, as well as the MRes and BNurs programmes in the Division of Nursing, Social Work and Midwifery, and  MSc Clinical and Health Psychology in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.

Biography

I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Psychology in 2004 and went on  to train as a Primary Care Mental Health Worker in Bury Primary Care Trust, completing the MSc in Advanced Practice in Mental Health (APIMH Primary Care Pathway), with distinction. 

Following my MSc I took up a post as a Clinical Studies Officer for the Mental Health Research Network working to recruit and assess patients with severe and enduring mental health problems for randomised controlled trials.

In 2010 I moved to a Senior Research Assistant role working on the CHOICE NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research and completed my PhD in this role at the  Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester. My PhD was a longitudinal cohort study of primary care patients with COPD, which aimed to identify the psychological predictors of health related quality of life (HRQoL) in COPD. 

On compeltion of the CHOICE Programme Grant I joined the Centre for Primary Care University of Manchester, as a Research Associate. Here I worked across several trials of interventions to improve patient self-management in multimorbidity and low intensity mental health interventions for patients with mental and physical multimorbidity. 

In January 2017 I joined the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social  as a Lecturer in Mental Health. 

 

Teaching

Unit Lead for Long-Term Conditions training for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.

Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health:

  • Engagement and Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems.
  • Evidence Based Low Intensity Treatment of Common Mental Health Disorders.
  • Values, Diversity and Context.

Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis (MRes)

Dissertation (BNurs)

Illness and Healthcare (MSc Clinical and Health Psychology)

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Charterd Psychologist (CPsychol) - British Psychological Society. 

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Qualifications

2010-2014 PhD, Univeristy of Manchester

2007-2008 MSc Advanced Practice in Mental Health (APIMH Primary Care Pathway), The University of Manchester 

2005-2006 Post Graduate Certificare in Primary Care Mental Health, The Univeristy of Manchester

BA (Hons) Psychology, The University of Manchester

 

 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities

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