1:05 Learning hours


Support & survivorship

Recognising psychological needs in your patients

Speaker: Dr Jennifer Hare, Health Psychologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust


Recognising severe distress in some patients is easy – however detecting psychological distress or concerns of a more moderate nature is another story. Indeed it is understood that less than 10% is detected, which means 90% of concerns can go undetected among the patients we see.

In this session we will discuss how to recognise and explore psychological needs in the patients you see. The webinar will focus on the role of communication, and explore how you can identify concerns with patients and how to handle issues identified.


Dr Jennifer Hare (DHealthPsy, CPsychol, AFBPS) is a HCPC registered Health Psychologist based within the Dental Health Psychology Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust, in the department of Sedation & Special Care Dentistry. Jen’s primary role is to lead and develop the NHS-based service; providing psychological interventions (including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) to patients with dental anxiety and other dental-related issues (i.e. orofacial pain).

Jen has worked across a range of physical health psychology service settings within the NHS and has held roles in both community and hospital-based services. Within her role, she provides teaching to both students and health professionals in subject areas related to communication, including recognising psychological needs among patients and managing distress. Jen also provides teaching to postgraduate dentists and dental professionals in her role with Kings College London (KCL) and contributes to the Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD) National Courses and is a member of the editorial board of the SAAD Digest.