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Wednesday 24 July 2019
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About the Service - Gastroenterology and Intestinal Failure

We are a small team of Clinical Psychologists working alongside the Gastroenterology and Intestinal Failure teams at Salford Royal.  Your Consultant, Healthcare Professional or GP may refer you to us because we may be able to help with difficulties in your psychological well-being.  

We are registered with the Health Care and Professions Council and work to their standards for safe and effective practice.  Unlike medical doctors, we do not prescribe medication.  We do work alongside your medical or surgical team and, where appropriate, provide them with guidance on how best to support your needs.


Experiencing GI difficulties can have a considerable impact on you and your life.  Some of the reasons you may find it helpful to meet with us include:

  • feeling stressed about your health or wider circumstances;
  • losing interest or enjoyment in life;
  • feeling frustrated or distressed about your symptoms;
  • feeling overwhelmed by your medical treatment or admission;
  • viewing yourself or your body differently;
  • struggling to come to terms with changes or losses;
  • difficulties with your social life or relationships.

There may also be wider issues that you are wanting support with.  We work together with you to understand the nature of your difficulties and to agree an individualised plan of how to address these.  We use different types of therapeutic approaches that may help you to deal with the psychological difficulties linked to your health and ensure your connection to the things that matter most to you in life.  These approaches will involve working together to bring about change.


Helpful resources

There are lots of different resources that can be helpful in supporting you to make changes with regards to gastroenterology. Here are a few of those that you might find useful. You can also find some resources that can be helpful for aspects of mental health and wellbeing such as mood, anxiety and sleep, on our Useful Resources page.

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Useful books

Living with a Stoma

Author: Professor Craig A. White (2010)

ISBN-10: 184709077X

Explains in clear, straightforward terms all aspects of living with a stoma, including ways to make you feel more comfortable with it, overcome embarrassment, and get the best support.


Living with IBS

Author: Dr Nuno Ferreira & Dr David T. Gillanders (2012)

ISBN-10: 1921966149

Instead of constantly fighting your symptoms, this approach will teach you how to step away from the struggle, and in so doing, substantially reduce their impact.


Mindfulness for Health

Author: Vidyamala Burch & Danny Penman (2013)

ISBN-10: 9780749959241

Series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness

Useful websites

Crohn's & Colitis UK
 A registered charity for individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease. Provides information and support for individuals, families, carers and professionals.
IBS Network
 National charity supporting individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Provide advice and support, including a self-care programme.