Psychology and Clinical Proofreading and Editing Service
It is not often that you find a qualified practitioner psychologist who is also an experienced professional proofreader and editor. You can feel confident in the support I provide when it comes to reading and checking your text.
I offer a variety of services, including
I am very comfortable adapting text for different audiences, from clinical and professional audiences to lay readers who need technical concepts expressed in straightforward, jargon-free phrases.
If what you need is not listed here, please get in touch to discuss.
Dr Penelope Cream
MA, DipPsych, MSc, DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Chartered Clinical and Health Psychologist
Registered with the HCPC, BPS and ACP-UK
I have worked for many years in NHS roles, with a specialist interest in complex medical conditions and their overlap with mental health difficulties, in particular with long-standing trauma presentations. This involves providing psychological services, research and training in medical settings, including intensive care, inpatient wards, outpatient settings and support services for GPs and families. I have contributed to, managed and established services and clinics, introducing psychology to medical environments, and working with commissioners on a local and national level. I have been a member of a national peer review team whose remit was to improve standards of care in general, and to introduce psychological care nationally across both paediatric and adult services.
I hold degrees from Oxford University, University College London, and Royal Holloway, University of London, and qualified from the Royal Holloway DClinPsy course in 2006. I am chartered in both Clinical and Health Psychology and have a strong therapeutic and research background, with additional training in various areas including specialist supervision, CBT, schema therapy, systemic and narrative therapies, ACT, and motivational interviewing.
Before training as a psychologist I worked as a project manager, senior editor, and commissioning editor for all types of non-fiction and illustrated books. This involved extensive proofreading, copy editing, writing and author support skills, as well as picture research, team and budget management, and supervision and training of junior team members. A regular part of my work was the co-ordination of multiple international publishers on co-edition publications, each in a different language. Some of my titles won international awards, including an award from the Medical Writers’ Association of America for The Ultimate Book of Men’s Health.
I continued to use my editorial skills in my clinical roles, writing and editing a wide variety of patient information leaflets, teaching presentations, research papers, funding proposals, and highly complex national audit reports for specialist medical departments. I am happy working with all types of material, from technical medical and psychological reports, to clinic letters in all styles from the very formal to creative narrative ‘stories’. I am also familiar with composing and editing qualitative research articles and creating illustrated books for children, for example when undergoing surgery.
As a clinical psychologist I place the utmost importance on maintaining confidentiality and security of data. I use GDPR-compliant methods of transferring written materials.
I am happy wherever possible to use the system that works best for you. After returning the materials to you I delete or shred any documents containing personal data and do not retain them.
Fees are in keeping with guidelines issued by the Society of Proofreaders and Editors. They range from £25/hour for straightforward proofreading, to £38-£40/hour for more complex reworking and writing. Rush jobs may incur an additional cost to reflect the urgent turnaround.
For new clients, I offer a free trial piece (maximum 2 pages of A4, double spaced, 12 -14 point depending on font) so you can see how I work.
I enjoy building a relationship with clients. I am very happy to discuss the work beforehand, and to keep in touch with updates and questions.
Please get in touch using the contact box below. I will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.