Paediatric Psychosocial Service

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Coping with complex health problems can be difficult for everyone at times, and there may be problems that we can help you with. Our team includes clinical psychologists, trainee and assistant psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and specialist advisors who have skills in understanding, helping and supporting children, young people and their families. We are well supported by medical secretaries, administrative staff and receptionists.

People often ask ‘What is a Clinical Psychologist?’ Dr Joanna Cheng, whilst a trainee psychologist within our service, produced the following ‘Easy Read’ information leaflet in collaboration with the British Psychological Society and the Division of Clinical Psychology.

About our service

We can help with difficulties that your child may face about their health or treatment. We can help with associated emotional, behavioural or relationship problems. We aim to help children, young people and their family understand their problems and find ways of managing them. Some of the ways we do this are listed below:

  • We are able to offer individual appointments where we can talk to you about any worries you and/or your child may have about their health or treatment, and ways you can manage them.
  • We can provide an opportunity to talk, psychological therapy and psychological support for you and your child about anything related to your child’s illness, injury or condition.
  • We can meet in our specialised department or, if your child is an inpatient at the hospital, we can meet on the ward.
  • With your consent, we can talk with other people who know your child well, such as school teachers, nurses and doctors.
  • We also offer neuropsychological and cognitive assessments. These are state-of-the-art tests, often based on iPads, to help us identify if there are any neuropsychological factors that contribute to reasons why your child may find things difficult compared to other children of their age. We can then help you and school think about ways to support your child.

What conditions do we work with?

We see many children, young people and adults with a range of health conditions. We offer specialised services under four categories:

Critical Care and Plastics

  • Burns
  • Children who have suffered a trauma or frightening event, or they are on Intensive Care or in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit – download leaflet here.
  • Cleft lip and palate – download leaflet here.


  • Acquired Brain Injury and Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Metabolic Conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1, Type 2 and Schwannomatosis
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia

Medicine and Surgery

Service Level Agreements – Offered outside of RMCH

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • HIV

For health conditions outside of this list, we may be able to offer a brief assessment and intervention service.

Where will my child receive treatment?

The majority of our appointments are offered on the first floor of the Harrington Building, on the Trust’s Oxford Road campus. We also offer appointments on the wards, if your child is an inpatient at the hospital, or, if you agree, we may join your child at their hospital clinic appointments.

We do offer appointments at other locations – we work at the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia centre near to the MRI, and offer appointments at North Manchester General Hospital for HIV, at Stepping Hill, Tameside and Macclesfield for Diabetes, and at Macclesfield for Chronic Fatigue.

We can also meet or complete assessments at schools and colleges.

How to see a member of the team

A member of your medical team may ask you if you would like to be referred, or you can request psychological support yourself by asking your medical team directly. If you would like to speak to us before an appointment is made, you can contact us on 0161 701 5683 or 0161 701 4514, Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

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