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Amy is a Lecturer in Mental Health within the Division of Nursing, Social Work and Midiwfery, School of Health Sciences, and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 

She is interested in both UK and global primary care mental health research, low-intensity interventions, and improving care and self-management for people with mental and physical multimorbidity. 

Amy is currently 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. 

She chairs a multidisciplinary group designed to develop research capacity in multimorbidity between the University of Manchester and partners at the Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL). 

Amy is unit lead for the Long-Term Conidtions unit for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. She also contributes to teaching on the Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health Postgraduate Programme, as well as the MRes and BNurs programmes in the Division of Nursing, Social Work and Midwifery. As well as teaching around long-term conditions in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, MSc Clinical and Health Psychology. 

Biography

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

Following her MSc Amy 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 she took up a post as a Senior Research Assistant on the CHOICE NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research. Whilst working on the CHOICE NIHR Programme Amy also completed her PhD in the Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester. Her PhD was a longitudinal cohort study of primary care patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which aimed to identify the psychological predictors of health related quality of life (HRQoL) in COPD. 

On compeltion of the CHOICE Programme Grant Amy joined the Centre for Primary Care University of Manchester, as a Research Associate. Here she 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 Amy joined the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Mental Health. Here she is working on the Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health Postgraduate Programme and developing her research interests in the identidfication and treatment of common mental health problems and long-term conditions as part of the Mental Health Research Group. 

 

Research interests

Amy's research interests focus on primary care mental health and the psychological impact of long term conditions. In particular she is interested in the impact of depression and anxiety disorders in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The aim of her PhD was to identify the psychological predictors of health related quality of life in patients with COPD. For the first stage of her PhD she completed a systematic review of anxiety and depression as predictors of health related quality of life in COPD. The findings of this review informed the design of a longitudinal prospective cohort study which focused on identifying the impact of panic disorder on poor health-related quality of life outcomes in COPD using structural equation modelling. Amy's PhD project was funded as part of the CHOICE NIHR Programme Grant (http://choice.mhsc.nhs.uk).

Her main interests are in the development of interventions to improve the treatment of common mental health problems in primary care, long-term conditions and patient self-management in multimorbidity.

Teaching

Unit Lead for Long-Term Conditions training for qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (MSc APIMH)

Engagement and Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems (MSc APIMH)

Evidence Based Low Intensity Treatment of Common Mental Health Disorders (MSc APIMH).

Values, Diversity and Context (MSc APIMH).

Critical Appraisal and Evidence Synthesis (MRes)

Dissertation (BNurs)

Illness and Healthcare (MSc Clinical and Health Psychology)

 

My collaborations

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Charterd Psychologist (CPsychol) - British Psychological Society. 

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Psychology, The University of Manchester

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

PhD Medicine, 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

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  • Lecturer of the Year 2018

    Blakemore, Amy (Recipient), Nov 2018

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