1st Edition

Psychological Perspectives in HIV Care An Inter-Professional Approach

Edited By Michelle Croston, Sarah Rutter Copyright 2020
    240 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The care paradigm for people with HIV has shifted from managing progressive illness with a poor prognosis to managing a chronic condition. Despite this improvement, people living with HIV continue to experience considerable stresses, so promoting their holistic wellbeing is a key aspect of long-term care.

    This book provides an accessible introduction for healthcare professionals who work with people living with HIV. It is designed to help readers understand how care in practice can be more person-centred and psychologically focused, whilst promoting compassion, health and wellbeing. Topics covered include self-awareness, attachment theories and communication as well as key aspects of providing care for people living with HIV, such as stigma in young adults, neurocognitive issues, the sexualized use of drugs, managing neuropathic pain, and the needs of older adults living with HIV.

    Invaluable reading for health professionals working within multidisciplinary teams that provide care for people living with HIV, this book is also a core text for those studying in the area.


    Table of contents

    List of Tables

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1: The good, the bad and the ugly: How do people living with HIV experience care in the health system?

    Author: Dr India Amos, Clinical psychologist and Lecturer in counselling and psychology at Salford university , Roland Chesters, Campaigner for Disability and author of Ripples from the edge of life.

    Chapter contributors: Angelina Namiba and Merial Rattue

    Chapter 2: Self -Awareness in HIV care

    Author: Caroline Ridley, Senior Lecturer in adult nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University


    Chapter 3: Seeing the whole person : A biopsychosocial perspective in HIV care

    Author: Dr Gemma Paszek, Clinical Psychologist, HIV Service, Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Kathryn Bourne, Clinical Psychologist, HIV Service, NMGH


    Chapter 4: HIV Diagnosis: The impact on mental health and wellbeing

    Author: James Meeks, Senior Lecturer, Sexual Health, School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire , Emma Jones ,Senior Lecturer, Mental Health, School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire

    Chapter 5: Stormy waters: difficult conversations in HIV care.

    Author: Dr Michelle Croston, Senior lecturer/HIV specialist nurse, Manchester Metropolitan University / North Manchester General Hospital and Dr Stuart Gibson Clinical Psychologist , Barts Hospital , London


    Chapter 6: Traumatic beginnings, complicated lives: Attachment styles, relationships and HIV care

    Author: Dr Sam Warner, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Honorary Lecturer, School of Social Science, Salford University and Dr Sarah Rutter, Clinical Psychologist, HIV Service, North Manchester General Hospital

    Chapter 7: Chemsex among men who have sex with men: a social psychological approach

    Author Dr Rusi Jaspal, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK,Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland

    Chapter 8: The seemingly intractable problem of HIV-related stigma: developing a framework to guide stigma interventions with young people living with HIV

    Author: Dr Tomas Campbell, Clinical psychologist

    Chapter 9: Multidisciplinary management of neuropathic pain in HIV care

    Authors: Dr Sarah Blackshaw, Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Manchester and Salford Pain Centre, Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester

    Dr HooKee Tsang, Consultant Anaesthetist Pain Clinic, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool, Mrs Catherine Heaton, Senior Physiotherapist, The Walton Centre Liverpool

    Chapter 10: The psychological impact of ageing with HIV

    Author: Shaun Watson, HIV community specialist nurse, Chelsea and Westminster hospital and Dr Alexander Margetts, Clinical Psychologist, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

    Chapter 11: Neurocognitive issues for adults in HIV care


    Author: Dr Alexander Margetts, Clinical Psychologist, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Tomas Campbell, Clinical psychologist



    Michelle Croston is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and has over 20 years of experience working within HIV care as a Specialist Nurse. She was previously the Chair of the UK’s National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA).

    Sarah Rutter is a Clinical Psychologist whose experience falls primarily within the field of physical health. She is Psychology Lead in the HIV Service at North Manchester General Hospital and the current chair of the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of HIV and Sexual Health.