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Dr Vicky Elliott

Vicky Elliot- 2018 Clinical Champion

Clinical Psychologist in Paediatrics, South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust 

Dr Elliott wants to use her role as one of our Clinical Champions to improve support for families. This would be done by equipping them with knowledge and skills through group-based interventions, to help manage their anxiety about diabetes at different stages of the young person’s journey.

She also hopes to improve psychological outcomes and quality of life for young people by implementing psychology and nurse-led interventions for adolescents who have been struggling with their condition.

Background

Dr Elliott has been working in Paediatric Psychology services across Warwickshire and Leicestershire for the last 5 years.

Three years ago, she joined South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust as Specialist Clinical Psychologist in Paediatric Diabetes. She completed her Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology in the Coventry and Warwickshire region from 2009 to 2012, choosing during this time to specialise in working with children, young people and families.

In her current role, she works closely with medical and allied health professional colleagues as part of the Paediatric Diabetes team caring for young people aged 0-18 in South Warwickshire. As part of this role, Vicky plays an active part in multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics and conducting Annual Reviews of young people with Diabetes. In addition, she will work closely with those young people and families who may be struggling emotionally with the impact of Diabetes, offering individual and family-based psychological therapies.

Dr Elliott is passionate about improving psychological outcomes for young people living with diabetes, and their families. She has recently launched an innovative group programme for parents of children aged 10-12 to help families manage their understandable anxieties about moving towards independence.

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