Member of staff is awarded the Trusts first British Psychological Society Fellowship

Coleen Mercer-Quinn, a highly specialist clinical/counselling psychologist, was awarded the Fellowship, the highest title given by the Society, in recognition of her significant contribution to the advancement and communication of psychological knowledge.

Coleen Mercer-Quinn, a highly specialist clinical/counselling psychologist, has become the Trust’s first member of staff to be awarded the British Psychological Society (BPS) Fellowship.

Currently based in our adult mental health team at Lakeside community mental health team in Middlesbrough, Coleen was awarded the Fellowship, the highest title given by the Society, in recognition of her significant contribution to the advancement and communication of psychological knowledge.

Dr Mercer-Quinn, who is due to retire from the Trust this month, has been involved in a number projects at TEWV where she demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to mental health care including rebooting the borderline personality disorder pathway, the development of the dialectical behaviour therapy [DBT] service for the Trust’s North Yorkshire teams and the ReFLeCT programme (winner of the NHS Innovations Award 2016) which looked at the way the Trust manages patient discharge to a high quality whilst delivering cost and staff time savings.

Coleen, who has worked for the Trust since 2003, previously in child and adolescent mental health and eating disorders teams, said: “Being granted a BPS Fellowship is a first for TEWV and a personal success for me. The award recognises my contribution to the advancement or communication of psychology in a national arena.

“We have to do things smarter, do more with less and without compromising on excellent patient care or increasing staff fatigue; forward-thinking is key to this.”

After her retirement, Coleen plans to continue supporting and influencing developments at the Trust through sharing her knowledge and expertise to help develop purposeful and productive community services to strengthen care pathways and roll out accountable products.