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Information for Young People

Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry Team - Information for Young People 

 

Our team is made up of nurses, clinical psychologists, child & adolescent psychiatrists and a mental health paedi...

Our team is made up of nurses, clinical psychologists, child & adolescent psychiatrists and a mental health paediatrician. We work with young people who come to the children’s hospital and have difficult feelings or problems related to their physical health issues. We also work with the families and carers of these young people.  

Someone from your medical team asked us to meet with you and your family. We know that problems with health can be es...

Someone from your medical team asked us to meet with you and your family.
We know that problems with health can be especially hard and can sometimes get in the way of school, friendships and other relationships. Feelings such as sadness, worry, frustration and anger can also come along with illness. For some young people, physical health issues can lead to mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and more complex difficulties. Experiencing difficulties with mental health can make it harder to cope with ongoing medical conditions and treatment.
When problems are causing upset or worry in the family or getting in the way of treatment, it can help to talk with someone else. This is the type of help we provide.

One or two people from the team will meet with you and your family. Appointments normally last between 45 minutes and...

One or two people from the team will meet with you and your family. Appointments normally last between 45 minutes and an hour
We want to get to know you, so we will ask you some questions, listen to you and talk with your family. Initially we will meet you together with your family. We will then give you the opportunity to meet with us on your own.
We may ask about a range of things to help us understand the problems you are experiencing, such as your early life, your family, school, your interests, the things you are good at, and the things that are troubling you.
Sometimes we will speak to your school to find out how things are for you in school, and to help them know how to support you. From time to time, we will let your GP and care team at the hospital know how you are getting on.

If you are a patient in the hospital, we will come to your ward. If you are at home, we will see you in our clinic...

  • If you are a patient in the hospital, we will come to your ward.
  • If you are at home, we will see you in our clinic at the Royal Hospital for Children.
  • Sometimes we will visit your school to see if we can help there. We would talk to you about this first.

We will work together to understand the problems and find ways to help you cope. There are different ways of working ...

We will work together to understand the problems and find ways to help you cope. There are different ways of working with problems. We may teach you new skills, such as problem-solving and relaxation techniques. We may help you find ways of expressing yourself and help others understand how best to support you.
We may also offer talking therapies and, if necessary, medication. The type of intervention that will be best for you will depend on the problems you are experiencing. Sometimes a combination of interventions works best.
We may offer support to your parents as well as working with you.

It is often in the best interest of a young person to share information with relevant people, so that they can be app...

It is often in the best interest of a young person to share information with relevant people, so that they can be appropriately supported. We will work alongside your medical team and will keep them updated on your progress. It can also be helpful to speak with your school and GP. However, we recognise that there may be some sensitive topics you do not want discussed outside of our sessions. We will not share this information with anyone unless you say it is okay, or we think you may be at risk. We will always discuss with you before sharing sensitive information.
Our notes are kept in an electronic file, on a system called EMIS.

At the end of our work together, you will be asked to complete an Experience of Service questionnaire. The informatio...

At the end of our work together, you will be asked to complete an Experience of Service questionnaire. The information you provide will be anonymous. This is an opportunity to let us know aspects of your care which you have found helpful or unhelpful.
We also welcome feedback via the Care Opinion website 
For information about the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde complaints procedure, please visit our Complaints page