Chris Lawes


CLAHRC Fellow 2014


Chris is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with a PhD in health promotion education, and Masters’ degrees in clinical psychology and organisational and occupational psychology. He currently works in Colchester for the North Essex Learning Disabilities Service as part of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), but has also worked with children and/or adults in a range of NHS settings including: acute hospital and community paediatric services, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), acquired brain injury services for adults, and child and adult learning disabilities services. His interests include the development and implementation of training and development programmes for staff and service users, service user involvement in the redesign of services, and pathway development. Chris' project is titles 'Meeting the needs of adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities: what are community teams for?' Over the past decade, there has been uncertainty about the role and purpose of specialist community-based teams for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Focussing on the stakeholders and staff in a single specialist team, the project sets out to examine and pilot a methodology for exploring and clarifying the the role, function and purpose of such teams.