DUTY OF CARE PSYCHOLOGIST
Expert care putting the welfare of any show’s participants and crew at the top of the agenda
Jo Hemmings is a qualified and highly experienced Behavioural Psychologist. As well as working behind the scenes, as a psychologist for a number of production companies and TV channels, she also appears frequently on TV discussing psychological and relationship based topics.
I am a qualified and highly experienced Behavioural Psychologist. As well as acting as a Duty of Care, Assessment and Welfare Psychologist for all the major channels on a wide range of TV shows and series, I am also a regular on TV and radio discussing psychological and relationship-based topics. I am an award-winning Relationship Coach specialising in counselling both singles and couples, via Zoom and in my private counselling rooms in Hove.
I worked on Big Brother from the very early C4 days, when Duty of Care was in its infancy, also appearing as the on-screen Psychologist on all the spin off shows for both C’s 4 and 5. I also specialise in Celebrity Psychology, coaching and counselling a number of A-list names and commenting on celebrity behaviour in the national press. I have written 5 successful books on psychology, sex and relationships.
I hold a current Enhanced DBS Certificate, issued by the NHS to work with adults and children in any mental health capacity. I also have full Public Liability and Professional Insurance Cover. I am a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Neuroscience Association and the Association of Coaching.
Why would you use a Duty of Care Psychologist?
With the continued popularity in reality TV series, factual entertainment shows and documentaries, more people than ever before are being thrust into the limelight. Psychological screening is now a regular part of the audition process and recent Ofcom regulations now demand it. This ensures the participants are psychologically robust and resilient enough to take part in TV shows, are looked after during the programmes and have excellent and accessible aftercare when the series is over. This is the essence of Duty of Care.
One in three people have suffered mental health issues at one time or another. Understanding those potential problems is key in getting the right contestants or participants for your show.
Initial research often fails to uncover these issues. Potential contestants are usually so enthusiastic to appear on TV, they may not always be willing to disclose previous problems or concerns. For many these issues are actually no longer relevant, but by assessing and evaluating participants, I can advise on who would be suitable for a stand-alone show or series.
By employing a Duty of Care or Consultant Psychologist you can feel confident about the emotional stability of your participants and crew and manage them in the best way, while producing a show or a series to the highest possible welfare standards.
Additionally, the participants themselves will feel that the production company has their best interests at heart and that their well-being is considered in the most efficient, empathetic and professional way.
My full TV CV is available on request.