The psychology service in the IBD department is an emerging service which Dr Susan Brannick is developing with a focus on accessibility, effectiveness and compassionate care.
As we are aware that rates of psychological distress are higher in the IBD population than the general population, Susan is working with the team to develop the use of psychological screening for all service users. People presenting with psychological distress related to their IBD are offered an initial assessment, with the view to evidence based intervention to overcome difficulties and improve quality of life. There is a dedicated pathway for younger service users who have transitioned from child IBD services, and/or newly diagnosed young adults. The IBD service is the first of its kind in Ireland and as such will have a strong research and audit focus.
How to access this service:
Any healthcare professional in the IBD service can make a referral for psychological intervention. Those interested are encouraged to speak with their healthcare professional and access further details in the psychology information leaflets in the Herbert Wing waiting rooms.
Links you might find helpful:
Free psychological programme for people living with IBD
Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
Centre for Colorectal Disease
Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Association
Imparts—self-help materials for people living with long term conditions: