The children’s cancer psychology service helps children and teenagers who have cancer by helping them deal with the issues they might face.
We help children and their families deal with a range of issues including:
- Problems in school after treatment
- Adjustment difficulties
- Social and family relationships
- Worries about medical procedures and treatment
- Emotional difficulties.
Our clinical psychologists work closely with other healthcare professionals to make sure that your child receive the best possible services.
Other professionals we work with include doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, play therapists and physiotherapists.
How can I be referred into the service?
You or your child can be referred to our service by other professionals working in cancer services.
If you think you would like to be referred to our service, please speak to your doctor, nurse or social worker. Family members or carers can also be referred to the service.
Who you might meet
Our team of friendly staff is made up of:
Consultant clinical psychologist
A consultant clinical psychologist manages the team, provides psychological support to your child and your family, and provides consultation to other members of the team about psychosocial aspects of care.
Provide support to your child and family, and advice and consultation to other members of the team on psychosocial aspects of care.
Deals with telephone enquiries and organises appointments, typing and sending out letters.
Trainee clinical psychologists
We often have trainee clinical psychologists working with the team. They can be at various stages in training and could work with patients and families, provide consultation to staff, and deliver teaching and training.
We have a range of booklets available for families using the service – please ask a member of staff for more information. Other publications which could also help:
Jack’s Diary: Published by the Leukaemia Research Fund
Wiggly’s World: Published by the Leukaemia Research Fund
Joe has leukaemia: Published by Macmillan Cancer Relief
Mary has a brain tumour: Published by CLIC Sargent
Lucy has a tumour: Published by CLIC Sargent
My brother has cancer: Published by CLIC Sargent
Children with a brain tumour in the classroom: Published by Cancer Research UK
Welcome Back: Published by Cancer Research UK
For more details about the Healthcare Psychology children’s cancer service, please contact:
Tel: 0191 282 5228
Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm
Psychology in Health Care
Old Childrens Outpatients
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne