The Role of the Psychology Department
Welcome to the Department of Psychology, Adult Learning Disability Service. While we are based on the grounds of Kirklands Hospital, the majority of our services are delivered to persons living within the community
We specialize in using behavioural, cognitive, and skills teaching methods of helping people overcome emotional and behavioural difficulties.
While we are based on the grounds of Kirklands Hospital, the majority of our services are delivered to persons living within the community.
Referrals from the community are not made directly to our Department. Our community nursing colleagues perform an initial screening using the new Health and Social Work Single Shared Assessment.
They use the criteria described below to determine if a referral should be made to the Psychology Department. They also consult these criteria when deciding if the person needs to be referred on an urgent basis.
If the person in question is already open to another member of the Community Learning Disability Health Team, that person will refer to the same criteria, and make an “Interteam” Referral. Referrals from our Assessment and Treatment Unit, and from other units of Kirklands Hospital, are made directly to the Department.
A person referred urgently will be seen before other clients on our waiting list. We want to be certain that everyone in need has fair access to our services. Because of this, a member of our Department conducts a short discussion with the person making an urgent referral, to be certain that the referral meets the urgency criteria.
The following clinical staff currently work in our department:
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Department
Ms Gillian Anderson
Ms Heidi-Louise Kelly
Psychological Therapist – Interactional Challenges
Mrs Ewena McCabe
Psychological Therapist – Mental Health Issues
Mr Kevin Noon
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Natasha Purcell
Principal Clinical Psychologist
Dr Rachel Wright
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kirk Zimbelman
In addition to the staff listed above, at any time we have one or more doctoral trainees in clinical psychology working on six month placements within our department.
Our clinical staff can be contacted via our department secretaries:
Ms Margaret Carson
Tel: 01698 855 522
Mrs Alice Lovelock
Tel:01698 855 522