Specialist Clinical Psychology Services

CPFT provides psychology input for children (from birth to age 19) and families where clinical responsibility is held by the Paediatric Cardiologists at Addenbrooke’s hospital. Addenbrooke’s hospital is a local cardiology hospital and therefore patients may also be under the care of a cardiology or surgical centre - eg, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Psychology in the paediatric cardiology service at a local level is relatively new and therefore the role of the psychologists within the team is evolving and the psychologists actively monitor activity and service need. At present the psychologists meet monthly with the consultants at Addenbrooke’s for a psychosocial meeting and are available for consultation during the twice monthly joint clinics run with Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Referrals can be made to the psychologists in the service by consultant cardiologists. The greatest number of referrals are seen for parental support, particularly in advance of surgical procedures. Other reasons for referral include anxiety, low mood, procedural anxiety, adjustment to new diagnosis and treatment adherence. Families are offered an individual initial outpatient appointment with a psychologist and following this a range of interventions can be offered including cognitive assessments, cognitive behavioural therapy and systemic family interventions. The psychologists also offer liaison and consultation with schools and other services as appropriate. The psychologists also offer input with children and families with cardiac conditions who are inpatients in the hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

Claire Illingworth

Clinical Psychologist

Amy Shayle

Clinical Psychologist


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The page was last updated on 20 March 2018 by andrea.bateman.


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