Psychology

Dr Susanne White

Dr Susanne White

Dr Susanne White (Susie) completed a Degree in Psychology at Keele University (1997), a Masters in Health Psychology at UWE (2002) and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2006). In 2018 she went on to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practise (Health Service Leadership).  Since her masters she has always had a special interest in persistent pain, specifically Pain Management Programmes (PMPs), relapse prevention following PMPs and how depression is measured and can be different for persistent pain patients compared to other populations. She has worked with the Blackpool Pain Management Service since 2008 encouraging a biopsychosocial multidisciplinary approach to the management of persistent pain. Also supporting multiagency approaches and providing training in the psychological effects of living with chronic pain. She has also worked in Learning Disabilities, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Breast Cancer Care and Inpatient Mental Health.

She provides individual, joint, group and couples work to help those living with persistent pain. She welcomes the involvement of families and friends in treatment to help everyone understand and manage the consequences of living with persistent pain. She has supported the integration of the service with Support Minds and Mindsmatter (LSCFT) and will also works closely with any other agency supporting a patient care. Her favoured clinical approaches are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

She is a member of the British Pain Society and British Psychological Society. She is registered under the Health Care Professions Council.

Dr Joanne Sanderson

Dr Joanne Sanderson

Dr Joanne Sanderson is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and is a specialist in Physical Health Clinical Psychology.  She has extensive experience leading and delivering psychology services within various physical health departments, including Cardiology, Surgery, Pain Management, Dermatology and Chronic Fatigue Services.  Dr Sanderson currently works within the Long Covid Service at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.  She is passionate about team working within the NHS and sees psychology as an important component of this for patients living with challenging physical health conditions or facing challenging treatments.

Dr Sanderson trained at Lancaster University (DCLinPsych), qualifying in 2003 after 10 years in the NHS, and has nearly 30 years experience in the NHS.  Dr Sanderson has maintained links with psychology training in the North West, supervising clinical psychologists in training, and has valued psychology links across the country.  Dr Sanderson is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council that regulates psychologists.  Her research interests have been the psychological impacts of physical health treatments and related considerations for psychologically-informed patient care.  Dr Sanderson is looking forward to research opportunities with the Long Covid specialism and feels privileged to be contributing to the evolving knowledge of this new condition.

Dr Katie Hatton

Dr Katie Hatton

Dr Katie Hatton is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the Trust within the Pain Management speciality for the past 11 years following qualification of the D.Clin.Psy.  She has over 20 years’ experience working psychologically with people across the lifespan in various NHS settings and first came to work in the Trust in 2003 before completing her training.  Katie is a member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists and the Health and Care Professions Council, a regulatory body for healthcare workers.  She completed her clinical training in Lancaster in 2010 and prior to this held a number of posts around the North West of England.  In her Clinical work Katie currently supports people with chronic pain using a number of approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.  Katie particularly enjoys leading group programmes with patients.    In her spare time, Katie enjoys trying her hand at gardening (although admits she has a lot to learn!) and has recently revisited the art of crochet and finds both of these activities relaxing and enjoyable.

Dr Kirsten Perkins

Dr Kirsten Perkins

Dr Kirsten Perkins is a consultant clinical neuropsychologist with significant experience of working with acquired neurological conditions. (She trained at University College London and Glasgow University and is listed on the BPS Division of Neuropsychology’s Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists). She is also a chartered clinical psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council that regulates psychologists. She has held several clinical appointments within the NHS in a variety of posts covering the full range of acquired neuropsychological issues, including traumatic brain injuries, stroke, epilepsy, neuro-oncology and the dementias, as well as neuropsychiatric conditions. She has an interest in neuropsychological rehabilitation and is  currently based in the integrated stroke and neuro-rehabilitation service within Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Altaf Sumra

Dr Altaf Sumra

Dr Altaf Sumra is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist that specialises in Clinical Health Psychology and works into Oncology and Haematology at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. He trained at the University of Manchester and has experience working in a wide range of settings including CAMHS, CMHT, Inpatient units, Crisis teams and hospital settings. Therapeutically his areas of interest a Solution Focussed Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Dr Andy Sanderson-Thomas

Dr Andy Sanderson-Thomas

Dr Andy Sanderson-Thomas is a Principal Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working in physical health settings, including Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and Palliative Care Services. Andy trained at the University of Manchester qualifying in 2007, following his undergraduate Psychology degree from the University of Glasgow (1998-2002) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Practice from the University of Leeds in 2012. Andy worked at Royal Preston Hospital from 2007-2009 providing psychological services into Cancer, Stroke, Plastic Surgery and Burns services before taking his present role at Trinity Hospice, employed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals in 2009. Since that time Andy has also worked into Cancer and Cystic Fibrosis Services for the Trust. Andy now takes a lead for End of Life Psychology Services, full time, working with patients with a range of life limiting illnesses and supporting staff in the hospice and palliative care setting.

Dr Kate Green

Dr Kate Green

Kate is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS) and has extensive experience of providing psychological consultation, assessment, formulation and intervention working across the lifespan in the NHS.  Within the Lancashire Cardiac Centre, Kate applies highly developed multi-systemic skills collaborating with staff, statutory, voluntary and independent agencies when working with patients/carers towards their individual therapeutic goals.  Kate works with a range of complex presentations (including cardiac-related anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment difficulties, challenges to quality of life, disfigurement, disease progression and concerns relating to life limiting illness/end of life).  She adopts an integrative approach to therapeutic work drawing on a range of psychological theories/models (examples include multi-systemic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solihull Approach, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and risk/safeguarding frameworks).  Kate is particularly interested in the development of trauma-informed care as it is recognised both patients and staff can experience high levels of arousal and distress in the context of potentially life-threatening cardiac presentations.

Kate is passionate about improving cardiac patients’ access to timely, specialist psychological services both within the acute hospital setting and out-patients and believes in the potential for positive change at individual, service and system levels that accounts for feedback from people with personal experience of accessing services.

Kate co-ordinates the North-West Cardiac Special Interest Group (SIG, Cardiac Clinical Psychology) which has generated interest from other regions as a ‘model’ of a successful SIG and involves collaboration with the National Cardiac Special Interest Group.  Teaching and training have always been important drivers for Kate.  In addition to the National Trainer role for the Solihull Approach, she contributes to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology teaching programme at Birmingham University and provides placements for trainees completing the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses within the North West.