Jessica Glen

MSc Health Psychology

Senior Research Fellow with the National Clinical Guideline Centre, Royal College of Physicians, UK

After completing the Health Psychology MSc in 2012 I headed to London to look for work under the two-year Youth Mobility Visa and have subsequently been sponsored by my workplace to continue working in the UK. I work for an organisation that is commissioned by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to develop evidence-based guidelines for the NHS. I work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team to critically appraise the available research. We collaborate with clinicians, nurses, paramedics, GPs, patients and carer representatives to develop recommendations for practice based on the available evidence. We cover a diverse range of health topics (some focused more on clinical diagnosis and management, some more social care based and some focused on service delivery) including asthma, motor neuron disease, low back pain, delivery of trauma care services, antenatal screening, care of the dying adult, and physical care of people in prisons. The critical thinking skills I developed during my time at Massey are put to very good use in this job. I work in an environment where people are aiming to improve healthcare delivery and the quality of patient care. I am lucky that my position combines my critical research skills with work that creates positive change for how people experience the health care system.

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