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Former chef on target to become clinical psychologist

05 December 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Lloyd celebrates at UCLan graduation ceremony

A former chef who sold his business to pursue his dream of becoming a clinical psychologist had cause for celebration at his University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduation ceremony after being awarded a distinction for his Masters course.

Lloyd Gemson from New Longton has completed an MSc in Health Psychology while working as an Assistant Psychologist in Pain Management for Blackpool NHS Foundation Trust.

The 33-year-old made a life-changing decision in 2006 when he decided to swap running the Yew Tree Inn pub in Walton-Le-Dale for university to fulfil his ambition to become a Clinical Psychologist.

Speaking at his graduation ceremony Lloyd said: “I was sat at home and just reached for the phone book, found a clinical psychologist and rang them to ask what route they had taken to get there. I wrote down what they said and have followed that path ever since.”

“I enjoy my job because I feel privileged to be invited into people’s lives to help them find a way to cope with the effect chronic pain can have on their quality of life.”

Lloyd initially studied at night school alongside working as a chef before enrolling onto a psychology degree at UCLan in 2008. After graduating with a first-class honours degree he secured a year-long job working for the NHS in Surrey before returning to Preston to complete his Masters. Lloyd is now applying to start a Doctorate next year which will lead him to his final goal.

“This is the last step in the process and I’m really looking forward to the challenge” he said. “I enjoy my job because I feel privileged to be invited into people’s lives to help them find a way to cope with the effect chronic pain can have on their quality of life.”

Lloyd has an extra cause for celebration as his wife Jackie is due to give birth to their first child at the end of the year.

He added: “I can’t wait for the baby to arrive, I think it will be a very exciting 2014. When I look back over the last eight years it’s hard to believe I’ve achieved so much and it makes all of the hard work and 5.00am study sessions worthwhile. I was never academically minded at school but I’ve finally found my passion and I’m determined to get to exactly where I want to be.”