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Title: Partnership work between Public Health and Health Psychology: introduction to a novel training programme
Authors: Gilinsky, Alyssa
Dombrowski, Stephan U
Dale, Hannah
Marks, Douglas
Robinson, Clare
Eades, Claire
Ouzounidou, Despina
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Issue Date: 11-Nov-2010
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Citation: Gilinsky A, Dombrowski SU, Dale H, Marks D, Robinson C, Eades C & Ouzounidou D (2010) Partnership work between Public Health and Health Psychology: introduction to a novel training programme, BMC Public Health, 10, Art. No.: 692.
Abstract: Background: Public health services implement individual, community and population level interventions to change health behaviours, improve healthy life expectancy and reduce health inequalities. Understanding and changing health behaviour is complex. Integrating behaviour change theory and evidence into interventions has the potential to improve services. Methods: Health Psychologists apply evidence and theories aimed at understanding and changing health behaviour. A Scottish programme is piloting the training of Health Psychologists within NHS contexts to address prominent public health challenges. Results: This article outlines the details of this novel programme. Two projects are examined to illustrate the potential of partnership working between public health and health psychology. Conclusion: In order to develop and improve behaviour change interventions and services, public health planners may want to consider developing and using the knowledge and skills of Health Psychologists. Supporting such training within public health contexts is a promising avenue to build critical NHS internal mass to tackle the major public health challenges ahead.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: © 2010 Gilinsky et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Affiliation: Sport
NHS Fife
University of the West of Scotland
NHS Fife
NHS Dumfries & Galloway - Directorate of Public Health

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