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maggie bellew


BA (Hons)






Dr Bellew is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and has Chartered Clinical Psychologist status and also Chartered Health Psychologist status. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She qualified in 1991, having obtained a joint honours degree in Psychology and Biology, a PhD in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Psychology.                      


Areas of Specialist Clinical Interest

  • Hand surgery
  • Craniofacial conditions
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Disfigurement / managing appearance related distress
  • Psychological management of teasing and bullying
  • Psychological adjuncts or alternatives to surgery
  • Trauma work (assessment and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, depression, appearance related distress, adaptation to trauma and amputation)
  • Facilitating pre-surgical decision making, preparation and support for surgery and post-surgical therapy
  • Aiding patients and their families in their psychological adjustment to their condition or the outcome of surgery
  • Unexplained Physical Symptoms (assessment and intervention with patients with unexplained conditions, suspected of tampering with wounds, with self inflicted injuries, or experiencing more pain or difficulties than would be expected)
  • Mental health difficulties (e.g. depression, stress, anxiety, OCD, phobias, sexual abuse issues, eating disorders)

Role within the hand transplant service

There are many parts to my role within the hand transplant service, and these have the aim of being of benefit to both patients and the hand transplant team. They include:

  • Assisting the patient through their decision-making process
  • Assessing psychological suitability for hand transplant
  • Helping the team with selecting suitable candidates
  • Patient support and advocacy (preoperatively, during the hospital stay, at the point of surgery and postoperatively)
  • Long-term patient support and adjustment to hand transplant
  • Research
  • Team support