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Wednesday 17 July 2019
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Outpatient referrals

The department of Clinical Health Psychology offers psychological therapy for adults who would like support with their psychological issues connected to their physical health difficulties.


Referrals are accepted for people aged 18 years or over, or 16-17 years if not in full-time education.  There is no upper age limit providing the criteria for referral are met, although in some circumstances an Older Adult Mental Health Team may be appropriate for people over the age of 75. 


We ask that referrals are made by a qualified medical professional or a member of staff who is part of an allied health profession. 


We are unable to accept referrals for people who:

  • Suffer from head injuries, dementia or neurological problems
  • Are already taking part in psychological therapy elsewhere.  Under some exceptional circumstances it may be necessary to receive treatment with another mental health team at the same time as undergoing therapy at the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, e.g. when a person is already being seen by a Community Mental Health Team, Substance Misuse Team etc.
  • We are happy to receive referrals for people who suffer from a learning disability as well as a health condition.  We are unable to accept referrals for individuals who only wish to focus on issues connected with their learning disability.


Currently we do not offer home visits. 


Due to a very high demand on our service we regret that there are waiting lists.  Due to this there will be a delay before people are offered their first appointment. 


Please include the following information in the referral letter:

  • The person’s name, date of birth, address and contact details
  • The reason for referral
  • Description of the person’s medical condition
  • Relevant psychological history
  • If appropriate, risk factors such as drug or alcohol addiction, self-harm, violence etc. 


Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss a referral or a patient’s psychological wellbeing. Our department can be reached via our contact us page.