Dr Andrew Papadopoulos, author of Wellbeing Evaluation Scale (WES), tells us about life as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and his varying musical tastes - from Handel to club anthems.
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist employed by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. I currently work with both adults of working age, older adults and families who experience a range of mental health difficulties. My colleagues include nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, doctors, managers, academics, activity co-ordinators and other psychologists.
Where did you study and what are your qualifications?
I obtained a BSc degree in Behavioural Science from the University of Aston in Birmingham in 1982 and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1985 from Leeds University. I have recently completed a PhD in Gerontology from King’s College London which has informed the development of the Wellbeing Evaluation Scale.
What inspired you to get into this field?
I have always had a strong sense of curiosity and compassion about the world and about people.
If you weren't a clinical psychologist, what would you be?
I believe that I have been very fortunate in that I was clear about wanting to practise as a clinical psychologist from when I studied psychology at A level back in the 1970’s. Had I not qualified as a clinical psychologist, I most probably would have gone into medicine, nursing or social work.
What are your current projects?
Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist, I have specialised in the psychological care of older people across physical health, primary care, social care and secondary mental health. I consider that my work is privileged in that I am accepted by and able to help many people who suffer with serious mental health difficulties including those who have experienced abuse and exploitation. I hope to continue to develop the wellbeing agenda and have another book planned for the coming year.
Whom do you most admire?
Whilst I have the greatest of respect for those like Mr Nelson Mandela who have fought for justice all their lives, my inspiration comes from those hardest hit by adversity and disability and those dedicated volunteers, carers and professionals who give so much of themselves to help.
For me, greatness is about what one gives, it is about the power to transform people’s lives for the better. Above all, it is about the capacity for unconditional love and acceptance. I can remember being asked by a client who had been suffering on and off with depression for several years, what was the point to life. I replied to be able to experience love, love of family and friends, love of one’s work, love of one’s environment and the natural world and love of one’s self.
I am also fortunate in having children and grandchildren all of whom are loving, caring and empathic individuals.
What's your favourite album?
I don’t really have a favourite album or artist. My musical tastes vary from classical through to rock, R and B and dance. However, I do listen to Handel, Queen, Elton John, Il Divo, Leona Lewis and club anthems rather a lot although I suspect that is because my CD changer has got stuck recently!
What are your professional interests?
My professional interests include well-being, neuroscience, and existential approaches to therapy.
What do you do away from work?
I enjoy gardening, cooking, DIY and being a grandparent and annoying my children.
Dr Andrew Papadopoulos is author of .