We assess every patient who is considering bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery to make sure it is a suitable option.
If you’re considering surgery, the Dietetics Team will refer you for your assessment.
We also see patients after surgery to help them adjust.
We provide up to a total of eight sessions (including assessment). We don’t offer psychological therapy to patients who had surgery more than two years ago, or who are not considering surgery.
If risk-reducing mastectomy is an option for you, the Family History team (part of the Breast Care Service) will make a referral.
Your GP can refer you to the Pain Management Service through Choose and Book.
We don’t offer psychological therapy for patients with pain presentations outside the
Musculoskeletal Pain Management Programme remit or for patients with Fibromyalgia.
Dr Hannah Falvey
Dr Tracy Mayes
Dr Lisa Hogbin
Dr Emily Howe
Dr Tim Keen
Dr Isla McMakin
Dr Alicia Ray
Hannah joined our team as Head of Department in 2014, relocating from London to Cornwall. Before she joined us, she held a dual role as the Lead Psychologist for plastic surgery at St Barts and the London NHS Trust and as the Allied Health Professional Board Member of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with responsibility for GP engagement and the commissioning of Children’s Health Services.
Her long standing interest in Clinical Health Psychology began in her Assistant Psychologist role at Salisbury District Hospital in 2000. She completed her doctorate at Southampton University in 2004. During this time she developed a special interest in the treatment of trauma and completed a ten-month placement at the Traumatic Stress Service at St George’s Hospital in London.
Tracy is our Consultant Clinical Lead. She joined the Royal Cornwall Hospital in 2011 and previously worked in a variety of NHS, education & social care settings. She received her doctorate in 2001 from the University of Birmingham and spent time working in secondary mental health as part of a community mental health team. Before she qualified as a clinical psychologist, she trained as a counsellor at the University of Derby and worked with patients with physical health difficulties.
Lisa is Clinical Lead for the Bariatric Psychology Service, but has also worked in general health psychology. Lisa is also a facilitator for the Schwartz Rounds run regularly within the hospital and offers group supervision to the Cancer Nurse Specialists.
Before Lisa joined us in August 2015, she worked in paediatric psychology and with adults and children with Cystic Fibrosis. Lisa did her clinical training at Exeter University and qualified in 2008.
Tim joined the Clinical Health Psychology department in early 2017. He is the Clinical Lead for the Bariatric Psychology Service. Before joining us, Tim worked for 12 years as the Clinical Psychologist in a secondary mental health team with people with severe and enduring mental health problems. He also supervises a range of staff members and trainee clinical psychologists. Tim’s interest and passion is Cognitive Analytic Therapy. He facilitates a reflective group for Cancer Nurse Specialists. Tim completed his clinical psychology doctorate in 1996.
Emily works in the Neuropsychology Service and the Bariatric Psychology Service. She joined us in January 2018 from the Paediatric Diabetes team here at Royal Cornwall Hospitals. Previously she worked in a Neuropsychology service in Plymouth, working with people with acquired brain injury, and their families.
Emily completed her doctorate at the University of Bath in 2014. She developed a special interest in supporting people living with a range of health and neurological conditions and worked in a number of physical health settings during training.
Isla joined us in 2016 having moved to Cornwall from South Wales. She works in the Pain Management Service, the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Psychology Service and the Breast Surgery Psychology Service.
Isla received her doctorate in 2016 from the University of Cardiff and has previously worked in a number of physical health specialties including:
Alicia joined us in April 2018 and is currently the Clinical Lead for the Pain Management Service. She developed an interest in health psychology following her elective placement in the Paediatric Psychology Service at Royal Cornwall Hospitals in 2008. After completing her training, Alicia worked in Children’s Services with young people with physical and mental health conditions. She has completed postgraduate diplomas in cognitive analytic therapy and systemic therapy and these are her areas of special interest.