Knowledge Exchange

The psychological processes that we study influence health needs and services broadly, and we have close links with clinical education and with NHS services across Liverpool and the north-west that underpin recruitment of patients to our clinical studies and the translation of our findings into practice.

Communication for clinical practice

Our research directly informs our clinical communication programmes for undergraduate medical and dental students, thereby influencing the clinical practice of the next generation of doctors and dentists.   

Psychosocial care in cancer

Our research at Royal Liverpool Hospital over the last 15 years underpinned establishment of a ‘beacon’ psychology service for cancer in partnership, funded by Liverpool CCG.

Clinical communication in primary care

Our work has informed a working group report and guidance about how GPs can avoid iatrogenic effects in communicating with patients with medically unexplained symptoms.

Communication about clinical trials

Our work has contributed to a report and guidance for clinical practitioners involved in recruiting children to clinical trials.

Perinatal psychology, childbirth, parenting and early child development

Work on traumatic response to childbirth has led to the establishment of a funded NHS clinic for psychological care of women with post traumatic stress ( SLADE). Sharp has also provided consultancy on assessment and provision of services to children for Health Visitor managers (Wirral Community NHS Trust). This included recommending evidence-based universal assessment tools for children’s development in line with Healthy Child Programme (DOH, 2009), which has led to training 100 staff across Wirral.

National & international roles

We are international advisors on: the Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care (Salmon); the SKIP-NMD project ethics committee, an international first-in-human study of gene therapy for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Young); the Safety and Ethics Monitoring Committee of the international EPOC project, a phase II pharmacokinetic study of doxorubicin in paediatric patients with cancer (Young). Young is an invited member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Children and Clinical Research.

Slade was Secretary General (2010-2013) for the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISPOG). This is a multidisciplinary global organization with branches in 18 countries and several thousand members worldwide. It impacts upon clinical provision and research and training in relation to obstetrics and gynaecology worldwide.

Slade has now (2013) been appointed as Joint Editor in Chief for the ISPOG journal:  the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Salmon is Associate Editor for Patient Education & Counseling