We are a team of Clinical Psychologists providing a specialist clinical health psychology service to in-patients, outpatients, children, families and carers. We see people of any age who have a physical health problem, when psychological factors are affecting their emotional wellbeing, making their health worse or affecting their ability to receive medical treatment.
Clinical Psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and promote psychological and physical well-being. We have specialist doctoral training in the application of psychological principles to help understand and treat clinical problems. Our extensive training allows us to conduct detailed assessments and develop plans to help based on an individual understanding of someone's difficulties, rather than on a diagnosis alone.
There are a wide range of reasons that patients are referred to see a Clinical Psychologist. We see people across the lifespan, from birth to end of life care. Here we give some examples of why people might be referred to us.
A referral may be made following a life-changing diagnosis which is hard to adjust to. It may be that a physical health problem, or a chronic condition, such as diabetes, chronic pain or chronic fatigue syndrome, is having an effect on a patient's emotional wellbeing and ability to get on with life. It could be that an accident or unexpected medical procedure resulted in a feeling of being overwhelmed by what happened. A psychological assessment might be needed for an inpatient, to help with treatment or discharge planning.
A referral to Clinical Psychology might be made in relation to managing men's or women's health issues, such as fertility. It could be that a child has a physical health problem or chronic condition, such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis, which is affecting their wellbeing and family life in general. Alternatively, when someone has a condition which is life-limiting, it can be hard to adjust to the idea of what the future holds.
Once a referral has been made, you will be placed on the waiting list and you will be seen as soon as possible. When we are able to offer you an appointment, we will send a letter to invite you to an initial assessment. If you are referred when you are an inpatient, we will see you as soon as possible on the ward.
We provide talking therapy using a range of evidence-based psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, hypnosis, family work, systemic therapy, and neuropsychological approaches.
The type of approach that is offered to you will depend upon the nature of your difficulties. Where appropriate, we follow guidelines for evidence-based treatment (approaches that have been shown to work) so that we offer you the most suitable option. It is also important that you tell us what you think will be helpful for you, and whether anything in the past has been of benefit.
When you first see a Clinical Psychologist, they will spend some time talking to you about what led to your referral to Clinical Psychology and what you think are the difficulties you are facing. They will ask some questions about your life at the moment, including what has brought you to the appointment, and also what is going well for you. They will also ask some questions about your background to help them understand how your difficulties came about, and what life was like before you had these difficulties.
There are a number of assumptions that people often make about Clinical Psychology, so we would like to put your mind at rest. For example, Clinical Psychologists are not mind readers, we do not have a couch that we expect you to lie down on, and we do not see people because they are 'crazy' or 'mad'. Our job is to help to understand and treat psychological difficulties related to a physical health problem, and to improve quality of life.
The team delivering this service are:
Telephone: You can contact us by telephone on 01553 613442 or 01553 613433 from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
Post: Our postal address is:
Department of Clinical Health Psychology
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Norfolk PE30 4ET
Adults are usually seen in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, which is based on the first floor of the building indicated (see map below), near to our Print Shop. Young children and their families are usually seen in the Roxburgh Children's Centre.
We recognise that both locations can be hard to find, the directions provided below aim to make it easier for you to reach us.
To reach the department:
To reach the Roxburgh Children's Centre: