Medical Psychology

The Medical Psychology Department is a service for adults who are having difficulties with managing the impact of medical/physical health problems on their psychological well-being, or are finding that their mental health is having a direct impact on their physical health.

We are a growing team of psychologists who work with a wide range of physical health difficulties. Some of us are funded to work across a range of medical specialities whilst others are funded for specific services such as renal, cystic fibrosis, HIV, pain management, adult congenital heart disease, haemoglobinopathies. We are a teaching department and regularly offer placements to trainee clinical psychologists on the local doctoral programme. We are actively involved in research and service evaluation which helps us to improve our service.

Referral criteria

Referrals can only be accepted from UHL Consultants (or a member of their team). Patient self-referrals and referrals from GPs are not accepted.

Criteria exclusion

For a list of full referral criteria please contact the team on 0116 295 4555.

How to access this service

Referrals are accepted from University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) Consultants (or a member of their team) if they meet the service referral criteria.

What conditions do you cover

We assess and treat psychological distress that is arising from or contributing to medical conditions and procedures.

Problems that may respond to psychological intervention include psychological distress that is interfering with treatment (e.g. needle phobia) or recovery (e.g. depression following a heart attack) and poor compliance to medical treatment (e.g. insulin adherence in diabetes).

We also work with patients who are struggling to come to terms with their diagnosis or treatment, and those needing help in managing their symptoms (e.g. pain management).

Contact info

0116 295 4555

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