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Respiratory Medicine

Oxford Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre

The Oxford Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, based at the Centre for Respiratory Medicine, Churchill Hospital, is a regional specialist unit working with patients with cystic fibrosis from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.

Cystic fibrosis is the most common life-limiting genetic disorder in the UK. It primarily affects the lungs but is a multi-system disease, and care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, a dietitian and a clinical health psychologist.

There is a wide variation in how severely individual patients are affected: many people can lead almost normal lives, while for others the disease has a significantly negative impact.

The Clinical Health Psychologist works with the team to assess and provide evidence-based treatment to patients with psychological issues that have a negative impact on physical and psychological wellbeing.

Common reasons for referral include:

  • mood disorders
  • interpersonal difficulties
  • problems in adjustment
  • adherence to treatment plans,
  • managing hospital care.

For more information about Respiratory Medicine, please see:

Respiratory Medicine


Dr Kate Chapman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist