The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Louise Johnson



Dr Louise Johnson

Job title


Principal Clinical Psychologist

How long have you worked in this role/in major trauma?


7.5 years


Louise JohnsonWhat are the main responsibilities in your role?

I am part of the Leeds Major Trauma Psychology service which offers inpatient and outpatient psychological support to children and adults who have been admitted to the Major Trauma Centre.

We offer a space for patients to speak about their emotional reactions following traumatic injury and assess for any significant psychological distress which may require outpatient follow-up. We provide evidence-based psychological therapies for patients who may be experiencing emotional difficulties, including posttraumatic stress symptoms, anxiety and low mood.

As a team we contribute to research within the area to better understand the psychological impact of major trauma. We aim to support the wellbeing of the staff team and offer a reflective space when needed.


What’s the best thing about your job?

It is a privilege to support patients emotionally at the very early, and often difficult, stages of their journey and to help facilitate their psychological recovery throughout. There are never two days which are the same in my job, which keeps it a varied and exciting role.


What is the most important aspect of delivering excellent patient care?

To have compassion for our patients, our colleagues and ourselves.


Tell us something people are surprised to find out about you.

I’m a Trustee for Day One Trauma Support charity which is an organisation I’m proud to be a part of.