Clinical Health Psychology
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.
What is a Clinical Psychologist?
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 a plan to help based on an individual understanding of someone's difficulties, rather than on a diagnosis alone.
Why might I be referred to see a Clinical Psychologist?
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 long term condition, such as diabetes or persistent pain, 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.
Paediatric Clinical Psychologists work with children who may have a physical health problem or a long term condition, such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis, that is affecting their wellbeing and family life in general.
What happens once a referral has been made?
Once a referral has been made, you will be placed on the waiting list. 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 while you are an inpatient, we will see you on the ward.
What treatments are offered?
We provide talking therapy using a range of evidence-based psychological approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, hypnosis, family work, systemic therapy, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.
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.
What should I expect when I see a Clinical Psychologist?
When you first see a Clinical Psychologist, time is spent talking to you about what led to your referral to Clinical Psychology and what you think the difficulties you are facing are.
The Psychologist 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. You may be asked some questions about your background to help 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 Clinical Health Psychology team
The team delivering this service are:
- Dr Jo Burrell - Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Head of Department (Adults; Lead for Trauma & Complex cases)
- Dr Steve Green – Principal Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist (Adults; Lead Psychologist for Stroke/Neurology Service and QEH Staff Support Service)
- Dr Gail Clare - Principal Clinical Psychologist (Paediatrics; Lead for Paediatrics. General Paediatrics; CF & Oncology)
- Dr Louise Robinson - Principal Clinical Psychologist (Adults; Lead for Chronic Pain & Diabetes)
- Dr Samantha Williams - Counselling Psychologist (Adults; Chronic Pain & Trauma)
- Dr Amy Daglish – Principal Clinical Psychologist (Adults; Oncology & Pain)
- Dr Alice Rose – Principal Clinical Psychologist (Adults; General Medicine & Stroke/Neurology)
- Dr Tracey Jansen - Principal Clinical Psychologist (Paediatrics; General Paediatrics & Young People's Diabetes)
- Dr Kate Roberts – Principal Clinical Psychologist (Adults; Chronic Pain)
- Dr Louise Askew – Principal Clinical Psychologist (Adults; Diabetes & General Medicine)
- Dr Will Bratby – Principal Clinical Psychologist (Staff Support)
- Dr Rachel Tremlin – Clinical Psychologist (Adults; Chronic Pain & Stroke/Neurology)
- Dr Jo Spauls – Clinical Psychologist (General Paediatrics & Diabetes; Adult Stroke & Neurology)
- Brendan Mooney – Counsellor – (Staff Support)
- Sarah Gathercole - PA; Lead Secretary
- Sandra Cumming - Personal Secretary
- Kate Davies - Data Entry & Secretarial Support
In addition to their specialities, all staff will see people with a range of physical health conditions.
Clinical and research placement are regularly provided for Trainee Clinical Psychologists from the University of East Anglia Doctoral Training Programme. Assistant Psychologists and Student Psychologists join the department for limited periods of time.
Contact and location details
Telephone: You can contact us by telephone on 01553 613433 from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
Email: Contact the department secretaries at either Clinical.Psychology@qehkl.nhs.uk.
Post: Our postal address is:
Department of Clinical Health Psychology
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Norfolk PE30 4ET
How to find Clinical Health Psychology
The department is located on the first floor of an outside building of the main Trust, within Area 5.
There are a limited number of parking slots available outside the department. If these slots have been taken, please park in the main hospital car park. Please allow extra time to walk from the main hospital car park to the department when you make your travel arrangements.
The following instructions are for parking outside the department:
- From Gayton Road, take the route marked "Estates & Deliveries Entrance"
- Follow the road round and take the first turning on the right into the car park
- Parking for the department is permitted in bays 5 to 8 only marked in red at the far end of the car park
- The department is situated opposite the parking bays
- All vehicles must display a valid parking ticket with the closest ticket machine shown below