Dr. Nicola Hirsch

Nicola is an HCPC and BPS registered clinical psychologist with a special interest in child development and neurodevelopment, anxiety, parenting, chronic or life-limiting illness and supporting families through times of challenge. She has significant experience in the areas of child health and complex development, having worked extensively for a number of years in a leading national hospital dedicated to specialist cardiac and respiratory medicine. Nicola is the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Clinical Psychology Services at the RD&E Hospital in Exeter. At the RD&E Nicola provides Psychological Assessment & Intervention into General Paediatric and Specialist Teams, and is the Clinical Psychologist attached to the Paediatric Oncology Multidisciplinary Team. She supervises and oversees the work of other Clinical Psychologists and Trainees within the Paediatric Psychology Service. Nicola provides psychological assessment and intervention in both an outpatient and inpatient capacity across a range of areas. This includes adjustment to diagnosis, living with illness, adherence to treatments, procedural anxiety & needle difficulties, anxiety and low mood, cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessment and schooling difficulties. Nicola also has experience in working with grief, loss and bereavement. As part of her responsibilities within the Paediatric Psychology Service, Nicola provides consultation and training to other professionals across a range of settings and works closely with wider medical teams.
Within her previous role as Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Exeter Specialist Under 5’s Child Development Centre, Nicola contributed to the multidisciplinary assessment of infants and pre-school age children with a wide range of neurodevelopmental difficulties. She was responsible for carrying out specialist cognitive and developmental assessments and worked closely with other professionals to provide understanding and diagnosis of specific developmental conditions such as Autism. Nicola currently offers therapeutic interventions to children and families with a range of difficulties, including attachment, relationship & early interaction difficulties, problems with feeding, anxiety, low mood and difficulties with education & learning and challenging behaviour. She has an interest in improving children’s sleep and self-regulation and working with other professionals to address the impact of sensory processing difficulties on wider development and day-to-day life. Nicola also works closely with parents and families to provide support around diagnosis and the challenges of parenting a child who is behaving or developing differently. Nicola provides consultation, training and supervision to other professionals and works closely with other settings and services involved in each child’s care.