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Working with Government: Development of a Competency Framework for Generic Health Behaviour Change Seminar

16:30 - 17:30
14 November 2011
Psychology, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 59 9036 or email .

Event details

In 2009 health psychologists began an 18 month secondment into the Scottish Government Health Directorates. Working with the Health Improvement Strategy Division we (Diane Dixon and Marie Johnston) developed a competency framework for the delivery of health behaviour change interventions.

The experience of working with policy workers will be described and discussed, along with the development of the framework itself and how it has been used and how it continues to be used by Health Scotland.

Discussion points: All discussion would be most welcome, however, I have suggested a couple of issues that I know are of interest to the policy workers with whom I work and a more general issue of relevance to HP and other academic colleagues.

  • Feedback on the framework would be valued. Of particular interest to our colleagues in Government is the issue of identifying a ‘core’ set of skills for the work force delivering behaviour change interventions. Also matching the competencies to current roles, e.g. smoking cessation advisors, continues to be of interest to civil servants responsible for workforce development.


  • How can health psychology best work to continue to deliver our expertise and evidence base to Government? Policy workers continue to be interested in consulting with health psychologists, how might we best address this demand?


CAHP webpage

Speaker information

Diane Dixon, University of Strathclyde. Senior lecturer, Psychology

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