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Rachel Paskell

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Research interests

I am currently working on and/or interested in research, service and quality improvement, audit, evaluation and literature reviews in the following areas:

  • Conflict, trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD and moral injury
  • Physical health and PTSD/CPTSD co-morbidity
  • Military personnel/veteran mental health, culture and families
  • Coping with, and response to injury and pain 
  • Patient safety, risk and service/quality improvement in healthcare, including clinical audit

I have experience in quantitative, qualitative (e.g. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, IPA) and mixed methods.

Teaching interests

  • Military personnel/veteran mental health, culture and families
  • Conflict, trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD and moral injury
  • Patient safety, risk and service/quality improvement in healthcare, including clinical audit
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches

Other responsibilities

Clinical work

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, BABCP Accredited CBT Practitioner and trainined in EMDR. Clinically, I predominantly work in the NHS as part of a regional Military Veterans' Complex Treatment Service. In that role I work directly with military veterans and their families but also provide training, supervision and consultation to other clinicians. 

Background

I have a background in mental health research, patient safety, healthcare quality/service improvement and clinical audit at national and international level. Previous roles, include (not exhaustive):

- Author and Editor, Patient Safety in Mental Health E-Learning Module, Royal College of Psychiatrists

- National Audit of Psychological Therapies Programme Manager (part of NCAPOP) 

- Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health and National Audit of Schizophrenia Deputy Programme Manager (part of NCAPOP)

- Research Associate, Research and Evaluation Team, National Patient Safety Agency

- Reporting Improvement Project Lead, National Patient Safety Agency

- Rapid Reporting and Response Manager, National Patient Safety Agency

- Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Supervision

I am currently or have previously supervised doctorate projects on:

- improving help and support offered to the families and loved ones of military veterans with PTSD

- PTSD and killing

- moral injury, PTSD, guilt and shame in military veterans

- amnesia in PTSD and the experience of trauma-focussed therapy

- training psychological therapists in working with PTSD in military veterans

- perceptions and reactions to domestic violence where perpetrators are known to have ptsd or are a military veteran

- the role of partner/carer enabling in maintenance of ptsd maladaptive behaviours and ptsd symptoms

- factors that influence therapy choice for PTSD

Other research roles

I am currently on the steering committee for the Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research work 'Understanding the Needs and Interventions for the Treatment of Scarring' being undertaken at the University of the West of England by the Centre for Appearance Research. 

I have provided peer reviews for the journals of:

- Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Journal

- Journal of Traumatic Stress

- BMJ’s Medical Humanities

Education/Academic qualification

Psychological Research Methods, Master of Science, Birkbeck, University of London

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, University of Bath

Certificate in Enhancing Skills in Clinical Case Formulation, University of Central Lancashire

Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Surrey

Keywords

  • Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex PTSD
  • Military
  • Veterans
  • Patient Safety
  • Risk
  • Clinical Audit
  • Service and Quality Improvement
  • Military Culture
  • Injury
  • Pain

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Research Output 2013 2019

Thesis

Research Portfolio Submitted in Part Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Paskell, R., 15 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Butler, C. (Supervisor), Randle-Phillips, C. (Supervisor), Wilkinson-Tough, M. (External person) (Supervisor), Gauntlett-Gilbert, J. (External person) (Supervisor), Osborn, M. (External person) (Supervisor), Gregory, J. (Supervisor) & Salkovskis, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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