Paediatric diabetes psychological services

Embedded as part of the paediatric diabetes team, we work with children/ young people and their families to support adjustment to diabetes.

What we do

The psychology service accepts referrals from all parts of the system around the child and works on the psychological issues associated with diabetes with the aim to reduce distress, improve quality of life, and facilitate adherence to diabetes treatment.

In accordance with best practice guidelines the psychology service is also involved in assessment for insulin pumps. We also offer neuropsychological assessment when there are concerns about the cognitive functioning of a child/ young person as a result of diabetes.

In addition to talking therapy we also offer psychological consultation and training to members of the health team.


The psychology services offers individual and family based treatments to the child/ young person, aged 0-16. In some instances it may also be helpful to offer support to parents or carers.

The treatments are individually tailored to the needs of the child/ young person and depend upon the identified problem. Typically, the we offer cognitive and behaviourally informed interventions,  that are delivered systemically.  The aim is to offer support in a targeted way with the understanding that the child/ young person will be engaged with the paediatric team until they are 18 and therefore may benefit from gaining support at numerous points throughout their journey to adulthood.

The psychology service takes a strengths based perspective, assuming that the clients have resources and skills that can be drawn upon at difficult times.

Meet the team: Dr Jessica Roberts

Psychological service lead: Dr Jessica Roberts, Clinical Psychologist

I have a long standing interest in Clinical Health Psychology and working with children and families. I have worked in numerous inpatient and community settings in both mental and physical health. I have worked with children and adults with diabetes both clinically and in a research context. In terms of therapy, I have further training in third wave cognitive and behavioural therapies and also have a particular interest in narrative therapy approaches.

Other staff: We also offer placements to Clinical Psychologists in training.

Where the service is based

Paediatric Diabetes Psychology Service
Children’s Outpatients
Queen’s Hospital
Rom Valley Way,

This is not a crisis service and offers appointments weekdays 8.30am-4.30pm

How to contact us