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Dr Stephanie Petty receives Una Holden Award

The Faculty of the Psychology of Older People will this year will be awarding Dr Stephanie Petty with the first Una Holden award. The award is given to psychologists who are still early in their career, but who are enthusiastic proponents of working with older people, demonstrating passion and professionalism. Dr Petty has been chosen due to her outstanding commitment to implementing new ways of working with older adults and her passion for sharing that work with her team at The Retreat and the wider NHS community.

Dr Daniel Anderson, Medical Director for The Retreat gave the following endorsement “Dr Petty has thoroughly impressed me by her ability to engage staff and patients into highly innovative and creative work.

She shows great determination and a remarkable degree of enthusiasm for working with older people and the staff,  that is sadly a rarity today. It takes a fair amount of therapeutic optimism, tenacity and courage to do that.

I know from the staff just how well they have received her educational sessions on CAT based approaches with older people. I sincerely believe Stephanie could become a leading psychologist in this particular area.

On winning the award Dr Petty said “I am genuinely honoured and inspired as the first to receive the Una Holden award. I hope others are encouraged to value new ideas and believe in the enthusiasm of early-career psychologists.

Winning the award will keep my enthusiasm high and remind me how valuable it is to keep pushing forward in such an important and often overlooked area of psychology.

 I accept this award on behalf of the team and the service in recognition of their passion and dedication. I only reflect what they do every day.”

Background on Una Holden

Una P Holden qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in Liverpool and worked in Lancashire before spending some years in the United States at the Missouri Institute of Psychology. She returned to work at St James University Hospital, Leeds, leading on developments in services for older people and neuropsychology. Una was one of the founder members of PSIGE (Now the Faculty of the Psychology of Older People FPOP) and was the first chair.

She was a huge inspiration to many psychologists from the 1980s generation of ‘single handed’ older adult psychologists trying to make a case for the specialty. She was a powerful advocate for the application and development of clinical psychology for older people and in dementia care.

The Faculty of the Psychology of Older People will this year will be awarding Dr Stephanie Petty with the first Una Holden award. The award is given to psychologists who are still early in their career, but who are enthusiastic proponents of working with older people, demonstrating passion and professionalism. Dr Petty has been chosen due to her outstanding commitment to implementing new ways of working with older adults and her passion for sharing that work with her team at The Retreat and the wider NHS community.

Dr Daniel Anderson, Medical Director for The Retreat gave the following endorsement “Dr Petty has thoroughly impressed me by her ability to engage staff and patients into highly innovative and creative work.

She shows great determination and a remarkable degree of enthusiasm for working with older people and the staff,  that is sadly a rarity today. It takes a fair amount of therapeutic optimism, tenacity and courage to do that.

I know from the staff just how well they have received her educational sessions on CAT based approaches with older people. I sincerely believe Stephanie could become a leading psychologist in this particular area.

On winning the award Dr Petty said “I am genuinely honoured and inspired as the first to receive the Una Holden award. I hope others are encouraged to value new ideas and believe in the enthusiasm of early-career psychologists.

Winning the award will keep my enthusiasm high and remind me how valuable it is to keep pushing forward in such an important and often overlooked area of psychology.

 I accept this award on behalf of the team and the service in recognition of their passion and dedication. I only reflect what they do every day.”