CYPMH Psychologist Recognised @CPFT_NHS

Dr Ayla Humphrey, CPFT’s lead Child and Adolescent Psychologist, has been given the British Psychological Society, Faculty of Children, Young People and Families Award for Outstanding Contribution to Applied Practice. Ayla, whose pioneering research and service development has led to improvements in clinical practice, will be presented with the award at the BPS conference on 26 and 27 September.

Dr Humphrey said: “I am very pleased to have been recognised by the British Psychological Society and fellow psychologists for my contribution to the applied practice of psychology on behalf of young people.

“This award reflects the hard work of many colleagues in CPFT and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health. We will all continue to work to improve the lives of children and young people everywhere. There is much more to do.”

Dr Nick Oliver, CPFT’s Director of Psychological Services, said: “Ayla has worked tirelessly to promote and develop psychological practice for children and young people in Cambridgeshire. I believe that her achievements demonstrate her commitment to improving services for children, young people and families, and translating research into actual clinical practice.”

Tim Atkin, Chair of the Faculty for Children Young People & their Families at the British Psychological Society said: “As Chair of the Faculty for Children Young People & their Families, it gives me great pleasure to invite Ayla to accept the Outstanding Contribution Award. This is defined as an award for psychologists who have achieved an eminent contribution to the applied practice of psychology for children and/or young people and/or families.”

Ayla’s service innovations and contributions include:
• Family Happiness and Well-being (FAB), a primary school based mental health identification and treatment program
Cambridge Family Social Enterprise  a school based and purchased holistic early intervention service bringing psychologists, community paediatrics, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists into schools
• the 14-19 Service, an early intervention community based team for teenagers with emerging mental health difficulties;
• The Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR), the first UK holistic neuropsychological service for children with brain injury.

Dr Humphrey is Senior Project Lead for CLAHRC East of England CAMHS Innovation and Evaluation group, whose research includes a Prototype Primary School Based Mental Health Screening Programme, a Delphi study to design a service model promoting the mental health and well-being of children and young people, and an implementation evaluation of the Cambridgeshire Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies transformation.

Dr Humphrey is also an Affiliated Lecturer in Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge.  Her earlier work was in the area of autism, tuberous sclerosis and epilepsy and she was co-founder of the Cambridge Tuberous Sclerosis Infant Clinic.