Mind & Body

King’s Health Partners Haematology will bring together expertise in clinical practice and research to develop comprehensive and multi-disciplinary psychosocial care.

Group with CogsPsychological distress is a common and understandable response to a blood cancer diagnosis and its treatments, as well as for those living with long-term conditions such as aplastic anaemia or sickle cell disease.

Mood, quality of life, functioning and overall mental health and wellbeing can be profoundly affected. We know that people with long-term conditions are more likely to have a mental health problem.

Psychological assessment, treatment and support are crucial components of caring holistically for patients with a haematological disorder and there are well established and pioneering psychological therapy services within the existing Haematological Medicine departments at King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners Haematology will develop and embed comprehensive and multi-disciplinary psychosocial care into practice from the outset.

We will build on the existing haematological psychological therapy services across King's Health Partners, bringing together expertise in clinical practice and research from counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, social work, psychiatry and allied health professionals in a Mind & Body service which patients will be able to access from the point of diagnosis.

Our vision is that all patients will be psychologically assessed early on in the pathway and that our model will become an exemplar in providing holistic, psychosocial care to haematology patients.

We will do this by translating the expertise available through strong links with colleagues in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.

We are currently working with Leukaemia UK on a two-year pilot programme to develop and test our multi-disciplinary approach to integrated Mind & Body care. Watch the below video to learn more about our collaborative work with Leukaemia UK.