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Senior Clinical Psychologist with Trust has Chapter Published 

Posted on the 28th July 2016

A senior clinical psychologist in the Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has had a chapter published in a leading academic book on healthcare for people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD).

Dr Fleur-Michelle Coiffait, Senior Clinical Psychologist in Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team, co-authored the chapter that has now been published in the third edition of ‘Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan.’

The book, published by Springer and priced at £438, is widely acclaimed as the must-have in the field of healthcare for people with IDD.

Dr Fleur-Michelle Coiffait, Senior Clinical Psychologist in the CAMHS Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team, said: “I am delighted that this chapter has been published in this leading international healthcare text. The chapter we’ve written shows that there is evidence that both children and adults with severe and profound intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher level of both physical and mental health needs than the general population, and all health professionals working with this group of individuals need to consider psychological wellbeing as part of a person’s overall health.”

In her chapter—entitled ‘Psychological Well-Being of Children and Adults with Severe and Profound Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’—Dr Coiffait explains that if individuals are displaying difficult behaviour, this may be their way of communicating that they are distressed or in pain in an attempt to get their needs met. In addition to this, caring for an individual with severe and profound intellectual and developmental disabilities is an incredibly challenging role and can have a significant emotional impact on both paid and family carers.

Tracey Hartley-Smith, Team Leader in the Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team, said: “Congratulations to Fleur-Michelle for this excellent piece of work. The importance of this chapter can be gleaned from the fact that it’s been published in a leading must-have academic work. The fact that one of our clinical psychologists has had a chapter published in such a prestigious academic book on healthcare underscores the expertise of individuals involved in child and adolescent mental health within the Trust.”

Dr Coiffait is also a lecturer on the University of Central Lancashire’s MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology and lectures on clinical psychology doctoral training courses at Lancaster University and the University of Manchester.

The first edition of ‘Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan’ came out in 1989. Widely-acclaimed by health experts as an important resource, it is now being published for a third time.