Within this specialisation, there are numerous options open to you. As the importance of public health initiatives continues to grow, your ability to link psychology and healthcare is invaluable. You can play a coordinating and initiating role in purchasing, (re)designing, implementing and evaluating health-promoting interventions for the public, patients and caregivers. You will be able to work as a researcher, a policy officer or a coordinator for Health Psychology interventions at health promotion institutes, such as the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (NISB) or Soa Aids Nederland, hospitals or health care facilities, GGDs (Community Health Services), companies and research institutes.
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Teacher in the Nursing programme
I am a teacher in the Nursing programme. I teach several different subjects, including Behavioural Science, Study Skills and Healthy Behaviour. I also support students doing internships and help students in their graduation research projects as a coordinator, mentor and assessor. Previously, I spent some time researching social robots in healthcare at the Robotics Research Group.
JOLET VAN DER STEEN
Patients’ Federation NPCF
Junior policy officer
The NPCF patient federation is an umbrella organization for patient groups and protects the interest of anyone in need of healthcare. I am involved in several projects at the NPCF. For instance, one theme I am engaged with is patient safety. We set up a reporting campaign to collect data on patients’ experiences with (near) misses in healthcare. As a junior policy officer, I helped to draw up and roll out the questionnaire and to analyze the response. Another of my tasks is to conduct interviews with people receiving home care, with a view to identifying possible points for improvement in this sector. I am also on the editorial team of ZorgkaartNederland, a website that reviews healthcare providers in the Netherlands.
VU University Amsterdam
Project Coordinator ‘Oncokompas2.0’
Since 2013, I have been coordinator of the ‘Oncokompas 2.0’ project of the research group ‘Living together with cancer’, which is led by professor Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw. Oncokompas 2.0 is an online tool that gives cancer patients insight into their quality of life. Part of my job is to help keep it optimized and up-to-date. The Onco Compass is to be implemented in several hospitals this year and I am responsible for making sure this goes smoothly. I also run a project subsidized by Pink Ribbon, in which a breast cancer-specific module of the Onco Compas has been developed. The module is currently being tested.