Dr Julie Highfield BSc, D Clin Psy, C Psychol

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Lead for Organisational Health in Adult and Paediatric Critical Care, Cardiff

National Project Director for Wellbeing- Intensive Care Society 

Dr Julie Highfield has a long experience of working as a psychologist in medical and health care settings and works closely with staff in their experience of working in healthcare, as well as advising managers on matters of workforce wellbeing.

She is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Adult and Paediatric Critical Care for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. She works clinically with patients, relatives and staff. Julie is the lead for staff wellbeing and organisational health in critical care. From December 2017 – June 2020 she was the Associate Director of Adult Critical Care, giving her a strategic position in the development of the unit.

Since June 2020, Julie became the Intensive Care Society’s National Wellbeing Project Director having played a key part in the ICS Wellbeing and Burnout Working Group. She was on the Intensive Care Society Rehabilitation Working Group for COVID-19, and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Life after Critical Illness Group.

Julie has worked with the British Psychological Society and its Division of Clinical Psychology in Wales. She led the BPS team writing the National Guidance for Staff in the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Julie has been worked with Welsh Assembly Government in various projects, including as the lead for Critical Care Workforce in the 2018-19 Task and Finish Group, the National Wellbeing Conversation Framework, and Modelling for Rehabilitation for patients post COVID-19.