Paediatric Psychology Service

Our Paediatric Psychology Service offers psychological assessment and intervention to young people up to their 19th birthday who are experiencing psychological difficulties as a result of a chronic physical health condition.


The Paediatric Psychology Service works with children and young people aged 0-19 years who have physical health problems and may be experiencing psychological difficulties related to their physical health. We are part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) within Leicestershire Partnership Trust. The team consists of Clinical/Counselling Psychologists and a Psychiatrist as well as Trainee Clinical Psychologists and an Assistant Psychologist who work under supervision.

The Paediatric Psychology Service can help children and families to understand and cope with the difficulties they might be experiencing as a result of their health problem or medical condition.

For example:

  • Understanding and coping with a condition or diagnosis
  • Adjusting to taking and receiving medication
  • Coping with pain
  • Managing the impact of physical illness on other areas of their life, for example school and friends
  • Dealing with thoughts, feelings and behaviour related to living with a health condition, e.g. anger, anxiety or sadness
  • Preparing for surgery or other medical procedures

Young people over 16 years old can consent to their own treatment and may be seen alone should they wish. Please note there may be a short waiting list for our service.


Referral criteria

Children and young people up to their 19th birthday with a physical illness or medical condition who are experiencing psychological difficulties and who are under the care of a Consultant Paediatrician in Leicestershire (including children under the care of the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre). Referrals need to be in writing and sent to Artemis House, Westcotes Drive, LE3 0QU

Criteria exclusion

Complex mental health needs not relating to physical illness

How to access this service

Referrals need to be made by your Consultant Paediatrician, either in the Community or from University Hospitals Leicester (Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital). We are sorry we do not accept GP or self referrals.

What conditions do you cover

Chronic physical health conditions including (but not limited to);

  • Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Asthma and respiratory illness
  • Cancer
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Eczema and dermatitis
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Juvenile arthritis

Contact info

0116 295 2959


  • consultant paediatrician
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