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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.


Psychological Medicine
The Old Chapel
Bootham Park
C/O York Hospital
YO31 8HE

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 Jo McVey

Interim Head of Department (joint)Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Medical Psychology/cancer psychology

Ruth Dixon

Interim Head of Department (joint)

Consultant Counselling Psychologist

Staff Wellbeing Psychology Lead

Dr Stephen Evans

Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Dane Rowley

Principal Clinical Psychologist


Dr Lottie Cowell

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Neuropsychology - York and Scarborough

Dr Emily Thornhill

Clinical Psychologist


Dr Jess Brown

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Diabetes Psychology

Dr Beate Riedel

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Kidney Care and Cancer Psychology

Dr Phil Simpson

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Cancer Psychology

Dr Becki Lenton

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Staff Wellbeing and Cancer Psychology

Sarah Proud

Specialist Counsellor

Cancer Psychology

Dr Jo Cates

Specialist Locum Clinical Psychologist 

Cancer Psychology

Dr Emily Young

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Cystic Fibrosis Adult and Paediatric

Dr Sam Rankin

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Pain Psychology

Dr Laura Sweeney

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Pain Psychology

Dr Tracy Richardson

Specialist Locum Clinical Psychologist

Pain Psychology

Dr Yvonne Doherty

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Staff Wellbeing

Dr Lisa Hinds-Green

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Staff Wellbeing

Dr Siobhan Walmsley

Counselling Psychologist

Staff Wellbeing

Dr Kirsty Kennedy

Specialist Locum Consultant Psychologist

General and Post Covid Psychology

Ruth Bulmer

Admin Manager


Joanne Barker

PA to HoS / Information Administrator


Jenny Danks

Administrative Assistant


Anita Hartley-Tate

Administrative Assistant


Debbie Postill

Administrative Assistant

Staff Wellbeing

Jo Varley

Administrative Assistant

Staff Wellbeing

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

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