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Welcome to the section on Psychological Health Services. Here you will find information on the work that we do across the hospitals which form University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the clinical services that we currently provide for patients and families under the care of particular care teams. You will also find information on ways to help yourselves and your family members through some of the emotional challenges of attending hospital and coping with ill health or injury.

What does Psychological Health Services do?

Our psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors aim to help patients and those close to them to adapt to the impact of illness, injury or health-related problems. It is perfectly normal to experience stress, worry, frustration and sadness in coping with such problems and needing to attend hospital. Sometimes, it can help to get extra emotional support or advice from someone who is not a family member and who understands the context of the part of the healthcare system you are using. Although you can expect good communication, respect and compassion from all staff caring for you, Psychological Health Services are here to ensure that emotional support is available to you when you need it.

Our staff are trained in helping people to achieve positive change for themselves, based on evidence about the links between behaviours, emotions, thoughts, relationships and the biological aspects of health and illness. They are not medically trained and do not give mental health diagnoses or provide medication. They can offer 'talking therapies' and/or they may introduce you to some practical techniques and strategies to help you with a specific problem, like poor sleep or feeling panicky. The help they offer is tailored to each individual and would depend very much on what you feel would be most useful to you.

Here are some of the ways we may be able to help:

  • Meeting with you to talk about, and make sense of, difficult feelings;
  • Working together to help you to develop practical strategies for dealing with difficult situations and managing unpleasant feelings;
  • Helping you to prepare for medical tests and treatments;
  • Making sure you have the information you want from health professionals in a format that is clear and helpful for you;
  • Putting you in contact with specialist services who may be able to help you further. 

If you think that you, or someone close to you, could benefit from speaking to a member of Psychological Health Services, please ask one of your healthcare team to contact the service on your behalf. Please click on the link below for more information about the Psychological Health Services available for cancer patients:

Cancer or blood disorders (patients aged 16+ being treated at the BHOC) 

Cancer (patients aged 15-24)