The various services within Clinical Health Psychology offer help and support to adult patients with psychological needs related to a physical health condition.
Living with a health condition or injury can impact on a person’s lifestyle, roles, relationships and result in difficult thoughts and feelings. The service can help people come to terms with and adjust to their health condition, help patients make decisions about their treatment or provide an assessment regarding suitability of treatment. The service can also help patients cope with the impact of their physical health condition, and assist in making changes that maintain and improve health.
The department consists of clinical and counselling psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses who are trained to support people in understanding the psychological impact of physical health problems, and can offer a wide range of interventions to promote wellbeing and improve quality of life. The team can also offer consultation, supervision and specialist training to the physical health multi-disciplinary team.
Within the department we cover the following specialities:
- Bariatric Service (T3 and T4 assessment)
- Cardiology Services based at Sunderland Royal Hospital
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Diabetes Services based at Sunderland Royal Hospital
- Head & Neck Cancer
- Palliative Care Services within Sunderland
- Specialist Pain Management Service
Clinical Health Psychology Services
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Direct Line: 0191 5410058
Main hospital number: 0191 5656256 extension 40058
The department is open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm
We are based at Sunderland Royal Hospital on the 4th Floor of Chester Lodge. Chester Lodge is most easily accessed by the Chester Road entrance and is located opposite Outpatients Entrance 5, across the car park.
Dr Sonia Wilson - Acting Head of Service / Clinical Psychologist
Michelle Thornton – Secretary
Victoria Parker – Secretary
Charlotte Roberts – Secretary
Dean Tench - Receptionist
For information on how to be referred to Clinical Health Psychology Services, please see the individual pages for the specific psychology service you require. If you have any queries about a referral please contact the department on 0191 5410058.