Our children’s diabetes psychology service work with children, young people and their families who live with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
The clinical psychologist works closely with the doctors, nurses and dietitians in the paediatric diabetes service.
The psychologist in the diabetes team can help with:
- Difficulties adjusting to the diagnosis of diabetes
- ‘Diabetes burnout’ – where dealing with diabetes day-to-day begins to feel too much
- Making the decision about one mode of treatment or another
- Behaviour management issues
- Worries about school
- Difficulties with peer or family relationships
- Body image worries
- Parental worries
- Anxiety or depression linked to health problems, for example being in hospital or having treatment.
We also meet families around the time of diagnosis to introduce the role of clinical psychology. If needed, we offer a ‘psychosocial’ assessment to help identify any support that families may need.
You can make an appointment with the psychologist in a number of locations, including:
- Hospital wards
- Outpatient clinics
- Medical clinics
- GP practices
The location of your appointment will depend on the reason for your appointment, the distance you live from the Royal Victoria Infirmary, and how frequently you are reviewed by the team.
How can I access the service?
If you would like to speak to the paediatric diabetes psychologist, please ask a member of the diabetes team (doctor, nurse or dietician) who will put you in touch with us. Or you can contact the psychology team directly using the contact information below.
Other family members (brothers or sisters) and carers can be referred to the service if they are struggling to cope with the impact of a family member having diabetes.
Below are some useful websites with information about diabetes in children:
General diabetes websites
Juvenile diabetes research foundation – Type 1 diabetes charity
Diabetes UK – Type 1 and Type 2 charity
Support with teasing and bullying
- Type 1 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents: Ragnar Hanas – Class Publishing
- No Added Sugar: Growing Up with Type 1 Diabetes: Fibi Ward – Hammersmith Press
- Parenting and Behaviour management
- The Incredible Years – A Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8: Carolyn Webster-Stratton – Umbrella Press.
- Your Child Your Way: Dr Tanya Byron – Penguin.
- How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: Kate Cohen-Posey – Rainbow Books.
- What about me? When Brothers and Sisters get Sick: Allan Peterkin – Imagination Press.
Tel: 0191 282 4081
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm
We have an answering service outside these hours.
Psychology in Health Care
Old Children’s Outpatients
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne