St George’s paediatric psychologist, Dr Gillian Colville, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the field of paediatric psychology.

Dr Colville received the Judith Houghton Award from the Paediatric Psychology Network (a sub-section of the British Psychology Society). The annual award honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and recognition of this area of practice.

As head of paediatric psychology at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Dr Colville works on the trust’s paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) with patients and their families. She is also involved in research and has been awarded funding for a number of projects; including a study examining what children remember about their admission and how commonly they experience hallucinations in this setting. She has also evaluated the benefits of follow-up care on parents’ post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Dr Colville said: “I am delighted to have received the award, particularly as it has come from my peers. This is a fascinating and very rewarding field to work in. I am grateful for the encouragement I have received at St George’s to develop the paediatric psychology service here over the last 18 years, and also for the support I have had for my research into the psychological impact of critical illness on children and their families on the paediatric intensive care unit.”


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About St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.

St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is one of four major trauma centres and one of eight hyper acute stroke units for London.

The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology, cancer and blood pressure services, and the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.

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