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Dr Liz Hadcroft

Liz is a qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologist with 20 years experience in working with infants, children, young people and their families.  Prior to working in the field of Psychological services, Liz worked as a general and registered sick children’s nurse. The latter laid the foundations of Liz’s passion for observation of the child, the early attachment relationships, and related social and emotional developmental concerns.  Liz has worked in two child and adolescent mental health teams and later specialised in infant and young children community services.  Liz developed and delivered the parent-infant mental health service in Norfolk and worked closely with children centre staff and primary care practitioners (GP’s, midwives and health visiting services).  Liz was a member of the CAMHS Workforce and Development group, and Strategic Infant Mental Health Development group.

For the latter five years Liz has worked closely with Children Services.  Her work includes expert witness and parenting assessment work.  Liz offers specific early interventions and therapies to looked after children or parent/child attachment/trauma issues.  Other interventions include infants and children who have suffered severe parental abuse and/or neglect, and experience difficulties in many areas of their development i.e. social, emotional and educational.

Liz has experience of delivering professional supervision to multi-agency practitioners and specific supervision to groups running Parent-infant groups.  Liz has extensive experience of consultation to health and social care practitioners to enhance the parent-child relationships and/or when there are considerable questions about parental capability.  Recently, Liz has offered consultation and supervision to the Norfolk Family Focused Team Managers.
Liz is also an experienced trainer and offers training to multi-disciplinary teams, including post qualification social workers at the University of East Anglia and clinical psychologist trainees, children centre staff, children services practitioners, teachers and managers.  Liz is trained in the Solihull approach and Solihull parenting and antenatal programmes.  Liz also offers training in early parent-infant observations, child development, safeguarding and attachment principles in the antenatal and early post natal period.  Liz's training has a strong emphasis on linking theory to clinical practice with the use of film and case histories.

Award 2009: NHS Norfolk Staff Achievement Reward Scheme (Award 'Inspirational Role Model')

For: Enhancing knowledge and observation skills in parent-infant relationships, to NHS and children centre practitioners across the Norfolk County.
Award presentation at Dunston Hall, Norfolk March 2009
Acknowledged by EDP and Norfolk NHS news

Liz is passionate about collaborative and partnership working to improve outcomes for children and families.  Her training, consultation, intervention and supervision reflect this philosophy.

Professional qualifications

BA (Hons), D.Clin Psy
Liz has a BA Hons in Developmental Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She holds qualifications in Solihull Parenting and Solihull Foundation courses.  Liz is accredited in Brazelton’s Newborn Behaviour Observation tool, trained in Care Index and Watch Wait and Wonder.  Earlier relevant qualifications include Registered General Nurse and Registered Sick Children’s Nurse.