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Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Psychology Service

The Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Psychology Service provides psychological support to people with a life-limiting illness, as well as providing specialist support to carers, partners and other family members affected by a person’s illness. The service also provides specialist support to people experiencing complex bereavement reactions.

If you would like support from this service then please talk to your GP who can then make a referral to our service if they feel this would be appropriate.

The Service is also available to provide consultancy and teaching on psychological aspects of end of life care to other health professionals

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Referral criteria


Please refer to the guidelines below when making a referral to the Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Psychology Service, based at The Rowans Hospice. Please feel free to call us to discuss any potential referral. Referral forms are available on request. We are happy to receive letters from GPs in place of a completed referral form.

You should consider making a referral when:

  • The identified individual has demonstrated persistent acute emotional distress and/or is presenting with challenging 'out of character' behaviours. The distress/behaviour continues over a period of time and seems to relate to adjustment to their illness.
  • The identified individual is demonstrating signs of depression and/or anxiety that are significantly reducing their quality of life, coping, and/or daily functioning 
  • The identified individual is expressing suicidal thoughts and feelings 
  • The identified individual is expressing unrealistic ideas (in comparison to expected treatment outcome), which are adversely impacting upon treatments, advanced care planning or relationships 
  • The identified individual appears to have significant communication difficulties with their family or significant others, such that this impacts their quality of life and/or they are impeded in their adjustment to their illness 
  • The identified individual is at risk of a complex bereavement reaction as a result of a number of factors including: previous mental health problems, poor social support/social isolation, poor communication skills, a known history of poor adjustment to loss, a number of concurrent life stresses 
  • The identified individual is presenting with characteristics of a complex or prolonged bereavement reaction

Full service description

 The SPC Clinical Psychology Service:

  • Provides assessments and effective evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments to individuals with a life limiting disease
  • Provides support and treatment to carers, couples, and the families of people with a life-limiting illness, who present as acutely distressed and struggling to cope with the illness of their relative/partner.
  • Provides support and treatment for individuals experiencing complex and/or prolonged bereavement   
  • Provides bespoke education to other professionals, including MDT colleagues and community health professionals (including GPs, nursing homes and community nurses), on psychological aspects of Specialist Palliative Care and advanced communication
  • Conducts and supervises research and audit

Referral method

The service accepts referrals from any member of the Specialist Palliative Care Team (including both Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health Foundation Trust), as well as healthcare professionals working within The Rowans Hospice and health professionals working in the service’s community catchment area, including GPs, DNs and AHPs.

 Referall froms are avilable on request from:

Shelagh Hemming, Personal Assistant to the Psychology Team

Tel: 023 92 238 548    Email:

Contact Information

Dr Paul Beadon

02392 238548

The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook Heath Road, Purbrook, Hampshire, PO7 5RU

Opening hours

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

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The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.


Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.