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Psychological Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Psychological Medicine whose main base is at York Hospital, with a new smaller hub at Scarborough Hospital.

We are a modestly sized service comprised of clinical psychologists, counsellors and counselling psychology, whose focus is on the delivery of complex and tailored evidence-based psychological interventions for physically and medically ill patients.  Clinical psychologists in training from local Universities are frequently on placement with us and will also see patients.

We hold outpatient clinics at York, Selby, Harrogate and Scarborough hospitals and at our main department office, The Old Chapel, Bootham Park, York.  We also see in- patients at York Hospital.

The Department leads a number of Reflective Practice Groups with MDT staff to promote and enhance their psychological understanding and emotional responses to patients, and enable their clinical practice.  We also run regular experiential Sage and Thyme© courses for staff, to enhance communication skills.  Staff can access this via the Learning Hub. We have also developed Schwartz Rounds © which provide managed spaces for emotional processing, available to all Trust staff.  These are delivered bi-monthly in York and Scarborough Hospitals.

Training and teaching, audit and supervision are also regularly conducted.

We have formal academic links with York University and Hull University.


Psychological Medicine is commissioned to provide psychological services to patients in the following clinical areas at our hospitals, via team referral.

  • Cancer
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cystic Fibrosis Paediatric
  • Diabetes
  • Gastro
  • Neuro and Headache
  • Pain
  • Renal

We provide a service for Neuropsychology and Renal Psychology patients delivered at Scarborough Hospital.

We have a Psychological Medicine Administrative team based at our department hub in York.


York Hospital
The Old Chapel
Bootham Park
YO30 7BY (please note; there is no vehicle access currently available via Bootham at the moment)

Scarborough Hospital
Haworth Unit and Outpatients Department
Woodlands Drive
YO12 6QL


For more information about the service contact the Admin Team on 01904 725353

Meet the team



 Clinical Interest

Dr Liz Anderson

Head of Department,
Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Jo McVey (Deputy)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Medical Psychology

Ruth Dixon

Consultant Counselling Psychologist

Pain Psychology

Dr Stephen Evans

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Catriona McIntosh

Principal Clinical Psychologist


Dr Jess Brown

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Cystic Fibrosis and Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Psychology

Dr Jo Jordan

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Pain Psychology

Dr Beate Riedel

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Renal Psychology and Cancer Psychology

Dr Phil Simpson

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Cancer Psychology and Neuropsychology

Dr Yvonne Doherty

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Diabetes Psychology

Dr Lisa Hinds-Geen

Senior Clinical Psychologist 

Gastro Psychology

Dr Hannah Marklew

Senior Clinical Psychologist 

Neuropsychology and Cancer Psychology

Sarah Proud

MacMillan Professional Specialist Counsellor

Cancer Psychology

Dr Lottie Cowell

Clinical Psychologist

Renal psychology and Pain Psychology

Dr Toni Jenkinson

Clinical Psychologist

Neuropsychology and Pain Psychology

Dr Laura Sweeney

Clinical Psychologist

Cancer and Pain Psychology

Ruth Bulmer

Admin Manager


Joanne Barker

PA to HoS / Information Administrator


Jenny Danks

Clerical Officer


Anita Hartley-Tate

Clerical Assistant


Debbie Postill

Clerical Assistant


Clinical Psychologists in Training

6 month temporary staff on rotation

All clinical areas

For more information about the service contact the Admin Team on 01904 725353




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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.