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British Psychological Society honors for Lanarkshire MP

A Lanarkshire MP who worked as a local consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS before the election has received an award from the British Psychological Society for his outstanding contribution to practice.

Dr Lisa Cameron worked at NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the State Hospitals Board for Scotland before becoming MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow.

She has specialized in mental health, forensics and addictions in the NHS for over 20 years and has been accredited as a risk assessor with the Risk Management Authority in Scotland. Lisa was also the staff union representative at Unite and championed issues of maternity discrimination and equal pay.

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Since the election, Lisa has worked as the SNP’s spokesperson for mental health from 2017 and chaired the House of Commons cross-party psychology group which successfully called for ‘psychological first aid’ for staff in front line of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

She also campaigned for the prioritization of a children’s mental health strategy.

Lisa was nominated for the award in 2020 and received her boxed award this week.

She said: “I am delighted to receive this award.

“Since the election, I think it’s important to promote mental health issues in parliament, especially because of the pandemic.

“I have been extremely proud to have worked for local people in NHS Mental Health Trusts across Scotland for over 20 years, and improving mental health and disability services remains a key priority in Parliament. “

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