Quarriers has appointed Clinical Psychologist Dr Iain Campbell to join the team at the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre. Dr Campbell forms part of the senior decision making team, giving him the chance to influence change for the better.
As a psychologist I’m trained to assess, formulate and treat individuals who present with highly complex mental and physical health difficulties.
The role of the clinical psychologist is twofold: clinically, there is a service to be delivered to each patient that comes through our door to ensure they receive the gold standard assessment and intervention you would expect from a national specialist centre.
Secondly, there is an educational role to help wider society understand the role of psychology and the wider work of the Centre around the treatment of epilepsy.
As well as our patients having seizures that disrupt their lives and require specialist care, they will often be facing a number of additional challenges including mental and physical health problems and the social strife that often accompanies these. Helping our patients make sense of their seizures within this complex context is our job.
I help patients in two ways: firstly I offer a neuropsychological assessment – this is a comprehensive assessment of thinking skills designed to both aid other colleagues in making diagnostic and treatment decisions and to help patients better understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to use these to live the best life they can.
I also help people who are having difficulty coming to terms with their diagnosis and the dramatic effect that new or increasing seizures can have on their lives. I can point them towards services in their local area that they can lean upon once they are back at home.
Dr Iain Campbell
Dr Campbell has worked in mental health for 15 years, 10 of which have been in clinical psychology. He completed his clinical psychology doctorate in Glasgow, specialising in neuropsychology and working with people living with long term health conditions.
For more information about the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, visit www.scottishepilepsycentre.org.uk.