Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Mark graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1998 with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Prior to this he worked as a Research Psychologist at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. Since June 2000 he has worked at Belfast City Hospital where he provides a clinical psychology service to people with diabetes and the healthcare professionals who care for them across Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. Most his working time is spent talking to people with diabetes about a wide range of psychological issues that can impair their ability or willingness to look after their diabetes. In addition, he provides supervision and training to a range of healthcare professionals both locally and nationally. He has published widely. He has recently supervised a Diabetes UK funded project exploring why people living with diabetes choose not to attend structured education programmes and a feasibility study of an intervention for people who present with high levels of diabetes distress. He is particularly interested person-centred practice and is a member of the Knuston Ireland faculty, which runs an empowerment and counselling skills training course each year for diabetes healthcare professionals across Ireland.