The specialist palliative care psychology service supports adults who are experiencing distress relating to palliative diagnosis or treatment.
We work with patients (and their families and carers) who are under the care of a specialist palliative care team.
Coping with palliative illness
When someone has a life limiting illness there are lots of things they have to cope with, including:
- The diagnosis itself which can lead us to consider our mortality and the impact this could have on loved ones.
- Difficult treatments such as chemotherapy which can lead to changes in the body.
- Symptoms such as pain and fatigue which can negatively impact quality of life.
These factors might be difficult and upsetting and can lead to significant distress.
Clinical psychologists are trained to help people cope with distress. We offer careful assessment of an individual’s needs and a range of psychological treatments and interventions.
We also help and advise other healthcare professionals in relation to the psychological care they provide to patients.
This means that although you may not meet with a clinical psychologist, you could still benefit from our presence within the team.
Problems we can help with
We can help patients with a range of problems, including:
- Making decisions about treatment
- Coping with the side-effects of treatment or illness
- Managing the impact of illness on personal relationships and intimacy
- Feeling worried, depressed, or angry as a result of the illness and its treatment
- Increased uncertainty and worry about the future
- Feeling less confident or unhappy about the way you look
- Difficulties adjusting to significant changes and losses
- Managing emotional exhaustion.
Where do we see people?
We see people in a range of different places, including:
- In hospital
- At Marie Curie or St Oswald’s hospice
- At outpatient clinics across the city
- In your own home.
A number of clinical psychologists provide assessment and treatment to patients and their families and carers. We also provide training, supervision and consultation to other members of the specialist palliative care team.
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
Provides low intensity psychological treatment interventions to support patients (their families and carers) who may be experiencing mild to moderate common mental health problems on a one to one or group basis.
Deals with enquiries over the telephone and organises appointments, typing and sending out letters.
How can I be referred into the service?
You can be referred into the service by a healthcare professionals from the specialist palliative care service.
You can speak to your palliative care consultant, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker or chaplain for more details.
Tel: 0191 282 3272
Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
We have an answering service outside these hours.