Specialist Clinical Psychology


We provide psychological assessments and interventions to children, young people and adults with a cleft. We work across the 20-year cleft care pathway from antenatal diagnosis to adults returning to the service. We also work with families to support them to adjust to and cope with the practical and emotional demands that can come from living with a cleft and any associated treatment. Our role is to try to minimise the impact that a cleft lip and/or palate and any associated treatment can have on patients and their families’ lives.

What is a clinical psychologist?

A clinical psychologist is someone who has studied child development and learning, and the relationship between thoughts, emotions or feelings, and behaviour. They use this knowledge to try to understand the problems that individuals with a cleft and their families may be having, and work with them to identify ways that may help resolve those problems. 

What type of problems can we help with?

You can ask any member of the Cleft Team to be referred to clinical psychology at any time for help or support with:

  • Adjusting to the news that your baby has a cleft lip and/or palate, whether antenatal diagnosis or at the time of birth;

  • Concerns about what to say to friends, family and other people and how to cope with their reactions and questions;

  • Making decisions about treatment and surgery;

  • Worries about having a cleft lip and/or palate, operations or treatment including preparation and support for surgery before and/or during your stay in hospital;

  • Adjusting to the outcome of medical assessments, treatments and procedures, including post-surgery support;

  • Difficulties in friendships or other relationships;

  • Difficulties in social situations or in talking to people;

  • Concerns over academic attainment, and cognitive or social development;

  • Emotional problems - eg, low mood, anxiety or phobias;

  • Behavioural problems;

  • Starting school, moving to secondary school or leaving education and applying for jobs;

  • Concern about low self-esteem or confidence;

  • Teasing and bullying;

  • Concerns about appearance.

How can we support you?

  • We will regularly see all children, adolescents and young adults within the frequent multidisciplinary clinics held across East Anglia and will offer brief initial consultations if needs are expressed;

  • We can offer individual consultation to assess specific concerns that you and/or your family have and ways that you may wish to manage them;

  • We can provide tailored support or therapy using specific or integrated approaches for you and/or your family about any aspect of your or your child's cleft;

  • We can help identify and refer to local services that may be able to help or where the need is not related to a cleft lip and/or palate;

  • With your consent, we are happy to talk with other agencies involve in care if our involvement may help facilitate the needs of the child or family being met, improve understanding of those specific needs, assist accessing additional support or aid coordinating complex care needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Helen Davis

Clinical Psychologist

Post vacant

Clinical Psychologist

Neena Ramful

Clinical Psychologist

Ellie Wells

Clinical Psychologist

Harriet Holmes

Assistant Psychologist


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The page was last updated on 01 February 2018 by andrea.bateman.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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