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NELFT employee joins UCLPartners programme to help drive improvement in the region

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Clinical Psychologist Sylvia Puchalska, who works for the NELFT Clinical Health Psychology Service, was announced as a member of the UCLPartners Improvement Fellows programme this week.

Sylvia was selected from over 140 applications to join a group of 38 individuals from across north central and east London, Essex and Hertfordshire who have been brought together to share experiences, learn and challenge each other, with the ultimate aim of leading and facilitating improvement within their organisations and beyond.

As part of the twelve-month programme, the fellows will take part in workshops with national and international experts that provide the opportunity to reflect and explore ideas in improvement.

Sylvia will be collaborating with individuals from across the region to create new ideas, seek opportunities and share learning so that teams and departments at NELFT can benefit from the programme.

Sylvia Puchalska said: “I was pleased to be accepted on the Improvement Fellows Programme; it seems like an exciting opportunity to come together with NHS staff that all have the same goal of learning about how to improve the organisation. The programme will offer training, but I suspect the opportunity to share information and ideas with colleagues from other organisations will be a big part of this too.

“My main interests focus on improving the quality of patient care using psychological thought and theory, and how to improve the effectiveness and efficacy of my own service, so that we are able to provide high quality psychological care for people with cancer and other long term conditions.”

Sylvia is a clinical psychologist working at Queen’s Hospital, Romford and has been involved in several improvement projects within her department, with a focus on service development, and improving patient care. She is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, and has recently become a committee member of the Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology, a role that seeks to support the work of Clinical Health Psychology in promoting psychological understandings of individuals affected by physical health problems.

To find out more about the programme the Fellows, visit the UCLPartners website at: