I joined the Spires Cleft Centre in 2020 as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and I am the lead psychologist for the service. I completed my clinical psychology doctorate with the University of Surrey in 2005 and have worked in both regional and specialist hospital settings since then. I have worked with children, young people and their families experiencing surgeries for different reasons and with those with chronic health conditions. I am also part of the Oxford Craniofacial Unit team.
I work with the other psychologists in the cleft centre to ensure the needs of those using the service, from infants to children and adults, have their emotional well-being needs met and are supported with any difficulties that may arise.
The Spires Cleft Centre as a whole are focussed on using research and audit to ensure high quality care is provided to those who use our service and I feel that the projects being carried out across the Cleft Psychology Clinical Excellence Network nationally are an important part of this.
I am a committee member for the Paediatric Psychology Network, part of the British Psychological Society.