Our Diabetes Psychology Service provides psychological assessment and therapy to patients who are under the care of the Diabetes Team, based at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

We aim to promote psychological wellbeing and support, in relation to difficulties that can be experienced in managing Type 1 Diabetes. We work alongside Consultant Endocrinologist & Diabetologists, Specialist Diabetes Nurses and Specialist Dieticians to deliver coordinated care. 

Patients can be referred by the Diabetes Team at Sunderland Royal Hospital for various difficulties in relation to their diabetes, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression & low mood
  • Difficulty adjusting or accepting diabetes diagnosis
  • Needle phobia
  • Burn-out/stress in relation to managing diabetes long-term
  • Lifestyle difficulties
  • Difficulty with manging blood glucose levels

If the difficulty is primarily a long-standing mental health problem or not linked to diabetes management, then alternative psychological support can be offered through the Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing Service, Talking Changes (for patients in the Durham Locality) or the South Tyneside Lifecycle Mental Health Service.

Opening hours

The service is available Monday – Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Finding us

Clinics are held at Sunderland Royal Hospital:

4th Floor of Chester Lodge


The Metabolic Medicine Department, Entrance 10

Our team

Dr Janis McGhee - Principal Clinical Psychologist


Referrals are accepted from members of the Metabolic Medicine team

Contact us

Clinical Health Psychology Services

Chester Lodge

Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road


Direct Line: 0191 5410058

Main hospital number: 0191 5656256 extension 40058