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Clinical Health Psychology Services


What is Clinical Health Psychology?

Clinical Health Psychology is a specialism within Clinical Psychology. We focus on planning and delivering interventions with individuals and groups, aiming to support positive change and improved coping in relation to physical health problems or illness. 


The Clinical Health Psychology Team at LHCH

The Clinical Health Psychology team is made up of qualified Clinical Psychologists and other psychological practitioners. We specialise in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties (e.g. adjustment, coping, emotional and cognitive difficulties). These are commonly reported by people living with Respiratory and Cardiac conditions and can further add to the impact of illness on quality of life. Our role is to work with patients, families and medical teams to support LHCH patients achieving the best outcomes for their physical and mental health while living with and managing their health condition.



Department Contact Details – Tel 0151 600 1340

Our Team

  • Dr Mark Griffiths: Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist & Head of Psychology
  • Dr Thomas Clarke: Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Jo Jury: Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Jane McLachlan: Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Anna Maddison: Clinical Psychologist
  • Jo Hillis: Counsellor
  • Dawn Tully: Administrator


What we do

Our aim is to help patients to achieve the best possible medical outcomes in living with and managing their illness or medical condition.

Living with physical health problems and chronic health conditions can not only impact on general well-being but can also commonly affect how people feel and cope with many aspects of life (for example, how they feel about themselves; about work, relationships; their future etc.).

We thus offer a variety of support and treatment options, aimed at helping patients to cope, adjust and manage the many difficulties (both physical and emotional) that can arise when facing serious illness, long term health problems or physical trauma.

We can help people move forward in the face of such problems by providing one-to-one psychological treatments, group treatments, family sessions, telephone support or by working closely with the medical teams providing their medical care.

The specialist services we provide include the following:

  • Specialist psychological input for the assessment, clinical management and treatment of psychological needs (including cognitive, emotional and adjustment needs)
  • Advice and consultation to medical teams, to help support their understanding of patients’ needs when receiving care



Services we provide:

Common input provided includes:

  • Specialist assessment and clinical opinion to inform diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Psychological intervention and therapies for:
    • Emotional adjustment to illness
    • Anxiety or low mood related to illness experience
    • Stress in the face of illness
    • Improved condition management
  • Cognitive assessment and rehabilitation following health event or injury
  • Consultation, advice or training to medical teams to support optimal medical outcomes.



Medical Services We Support

The medical services we currently work with to support patients and teams, include the following:

Cardiology -Inherited Cardiac Conditions Service (ICC) and Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator Service (ICD)

We work with the ICC and ICD multi-disciplinary teams to provide support to people who have psychological needs due to living with an inherited cardiac condition or an implantable cardiac defibrillator. We can provide support across the hospital care pathway which includes meeting patients when they are on the ward or as out-patients. Support can be offered on a one-to-one basis, or through group treatments, telephone support, or by working closely with the medical teams involved. Common reasons for referral include:

  • A recent diagnosis which is difficult to come to terms with
  • Anxiety or low mood related to the impact living with a cardiac condition has on everyday life
  • Difficulties with emotions and coping following an ICD shock
  • Difficulties post-surgery
  • Changes in cognition e.g. memory or concentration after an episode of being unwell

Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Service

We work with the ACHD multidisciplinary team to support people with many different aspects of living with an ACHD. We can provide support across the hospital care pathway which includes meeting patients when they are on the ward or as out-patients. Support can be offered on a one-to-one basis, through group treatments, telephone support, or by working closely with the medical teams involved. Common reasons for referral include:

  • Anxiety or low mood related to the impact living with an ACHD condition has on everyday life
  • Difficulty adjusting to day to day life after a change or deterioration in their health condition
  • Anxiety about an upcoming procedure or surgery
  • Changes in cognition e.g. memory or concentration after an episode of being unwell
  • Transition from Paediatric to Adult services

Cystic Fibrosis Service

We work closely with the CF multi-disciplinary team to support people with the many different aspects of this condition. We are available to offer one to one support to people with CF and their families. Common reasons for referral include:

  • Anxiety or low mood related to the impact CF has on day to day life
  • Coping with treatment
  • Decision making
  • Adjusting to changes in physical wellbeing or treatment

We also support offsite clinical services including

Knowsley Community Respiratory Service

We work with the Community Respiratory Service to provide psychological assessment, clinical management and treatment of psychological needs that can arise, in living with respiratory disease. Support is offered to patients through one to one or group treatments. One to one interventions are offered as outpatients, virtually or home visits. Common reasons for referral include:

  • Anxiety or low mood related to the impact of the respiratory condition on day to day life
  • Managing distress related to breathlessness
  • Adjusting to changes in physical wellbeing or treatment

If you would like to know more about the Clinical Health Psychology Services at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, please contact: Dawn Tully dawn.tully@lhch.nhs.uk on 0151 600 1340.

Or write to us at: Clinical Health Psychology Service, Clinical Psychology Office, Management Zone, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Thomas Drive, Liverpool, L14 3PE.