AECC University College's Dr Caroline Belchamber Writes a Book

Our very own Dr Caroline Belchamber, who is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Course Leader for our MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration course at AECC University College, has recently written a book called ‘Payne’s Handbook of Relaxation Techniques: A Practical Guide for The Health Care Professional.’ The new edition of this highly regarded text will help you understand and apply the most appropriate psychological interventions and relaxation techniques for people experiencing anxiety, depression and psychological distress. The text has been edited by Caroline to incorporate a new section on application in practice, which covers COVID-19, long-term conditions, palliative, supportive and end of life care. We interview Caroline to find out more:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your role at AECC University College?

“I joined AECC University College in July 2020. Prior to that I had a national post as Professional Education Lead for Sue Ryder for four years and before that I was a physiotherapy lecturer at Bournemouth University for 10 years for the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course. Before working in Higher Education Institutions, I have worked across a variety of environments including NHS, Voluntary and Private. This included setting up my own practice, service improvement and some consultancy work. My specialist interests are in supportive, palliative and end of life care.”

What is the name of your new book and can you summarise what it’s about?

“My new book is called ‘Payne’s Handbook of Relaxation Techniques: A Practical Guide for The Health Care Professional.’

“This new edition of Payne’s Handbook of Relaxation Techniques focuses on helping people to understand and apply the most appropriate relaxation and mindfulness techniques for patients who are experiencing anxiety, depression and psychological distress.”

What were your personal motivations for writing the book and why?

“My personal motivation for writing the 5th edition was to keep Rosemary Payne’s work alive and continue her work. I was asked by Rosemary Payne’s son (Dr Christopher Rowland Payne) if I would consider writing the 5th edition which was a great privilege for such a prestigious and well-known book and I hope I have done it justice.”

Who will benefit from reading it and why?

“Payne’s handbook is addressed primarily to qualified and novice healthcare professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and speech and language therapists. General practitioners and psychologists may also find the book useful. It can equally be used by the general public since it is written in a jargon-free style and may be a useful adjunct in managing stress and carer burn out in palliative care, as well as for people in other healthcare and work environments, helping to promote resilience.”

Was the book in collaboration with any other writers, researchers or organisations that you wish to credit?

“I would like to give credit to my contributors Dr Helen Bolderston, Clinical Psychologist, Professor Teena Clouston, Occupational Therapist and Dr Ruth Naylor from the British Autogenic Society whose expertise and knowledge has enhanced the content of this book.”

How long did the process of writing it take?

“The writing of the 5th edition. was a learning experience, taking much longer than I had anticipated. It took a whole year post submission to Elsevier (publishing company) before it was finally published. Overall the whole process took three years prior to submission, delayed by a number of staff changes at Elsevier.”

Will the contents of the book aid or change how you teach AECC University College students studying Physiotherapy in anyway?

“This work has already been incorporated into our MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) course, in the Developing Physiotherapy Skills 1, psychological factors session and I would encourage you to listen to the Elsevier podcast for further information.”

Where can you purchase the book and what formats is it available in?

“You can purchase the book from the following sites, and there is also a Kindle edition.”




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