So, the time has come to say goodbye to a fantastic team at The Intestinal Failure Unit and Gastro Psychology at Salford Royal Hospital. A team that have supported me, fostered my development and many have become cherished friends after 9 years of working together in a challenging environment. I’ve been so proud to work with the Gastro-Intestinal team, and amazed at what we’ve achieved, developing a fully integrated and highly valued psychology service for patients with gastro-intestinal conditions, and we started the trend which has caught on Nationally and Internationally in psychology within Intestinal Failure services!
However, its time to take on a new challenge as Head of Psychology at St Helen’s & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Here, I will be clinically and operationally leading a clinical health psychology service within an acute Trust, working into several health specialties, such as, Cancer, Stroke, Burns, Plastics, Pain, Diabetes, Sexual Health, Gastro (of course!) and other conditions. I’ll be leading a team of dedicated applied psychologists and collaborating with other MDT members to continue to develop services and make services accessible to those in need.
I am both nervous, and excited to get stuck in!