Psychological issues can have a negative impact on your illness experiences, prognosis, recovery and quality of life vectors.

This can then lead to secondary healthcare needs, such as repeated admissions, increased clinical contact and involvement. This service functions to promote patients’ psychological well-being, assisting them in managing their health conditions, as well as in strengthening and developing positive focused coping strategies.

Our psychologists work within multiple streams and offer specialist assessments and treatment, both on an in-patient and out-patient basis. Psychology Services offers evidence based treatments, as outlined within the range of relevant NICE guidelines, as well as being guided by current research recommendations. Psychologists working within these clinical areas, also aim to promote awareness and the utilisation of the biopsychosocial framework within these same healthcare teams, in order to improve effective condition management, treatment and rehabilitation.

Our clinical staff also work to provide consultation, clinical supervision and training initiatives for healthcare staff, within the specialist streams that they work into. These initiatives help develop psychological skills within healthcare staff’s treatment approaches and this can directly improve patient’s experiences, as well as support staff in managing complexities in patient care.

Contact us

Psychology Services: 0191 541 0058


Finding us

Our psychology services are located at Chester Lodge, Sunderland Royal Hospital. This is most easily accessed by the Chester Road entrance, and is located opposite Outpatients main entrance across the car park.


Our team

Divisional General Manager - Anna Hargrave
Clinical Director - Martin Millar
Matron - Angie Bell
Head of Service - Dr Tony Wells
Dr Wells Personal Secretary - Michelle Thornton