Cancer Psychological Service
The Cancer Psychological Service is part of the Oncology Health Centre based in the Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital. We offer emotional and psychological support to people experiencing cancer and their relatives. Our aim is to help you achieve the best possible health and quality of life during and after your treatment.
Can we help you?
Alongside the other members of the team involved in your treatment, we are here to:
- help you achieve the best possible health and quality of life during and after your treatment
- give you information you feel would be helpful
- offer you support and practical help
- discuss any matters that are troubling you and your family
- provide access to various ‘self-help’ resources, such as specific types of relaxation and visualisation
Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, we are aware that it is difficult to access our usual services here in the Cancer Psychological Service. This webpage has been designed by our team to help you access valuable resources that were once offered when we were open as a Drop-In. We hope that in the future we can resume face-to-face support, but it is currently unknown when this may be. In the meantime please take a look at what support our webpage has to offer you.
This is a temporary service.
Please call 01482 461130
Available Wednesdays, 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1pm to 3.30pm.
Our team is made up of different professionals including:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Specialist Nurse/Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (Oncology)
- Senior Registered Nurses
- Psychological Support Workers
- Nursing Assistants
- Secretarial/Admin Team
Dr Rachel Foxwell
Principal Lead Clinical Psychologist
I have worked in the Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre since 2012. I provide psychological therapy to patients and relatives struggling with cancer-related concerns using a wide range of approaches. I am particularly interested in how we can be more compassionate towards ourselves and the use of acceptance and mindfulness as a way of helping with uncertainty, anxiety and other difficulties.
Dr Cara Childs
I have worked in the Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre since January 2019. The main part of my job is to see both patients and relatives affected by cancer and to provide psychological therapy to support them through this difficult time. I draw on a wide range of approaches to find the support that best suits the individual, but have a special interest in compassion-focused approaches.
Senior Administrator / Service Co-ordinator
I have worked in the Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre since inauguration in 1999 and for the Trust for 26 years. My role is to provide comprehensive administrative and secretarial support to the Clinical Psychologists and the Specialist Nursing team. Myself and my colleague are first point of contact for enquiries by telephone and we regularly deliver service information to health professionals, patients and their families as well as offering advice and reassurance to patients, whilst understanding when to refer them to professional colleagues in the psychosocial setting. We are responsible for clinic management from referral to discharge and provide an integral link in rapid access in the case of patients presenting with severe distress/panic disorder/at risk. My qualifications supporting the above knowledge and skills include ‘Effective Office Manager’, NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration, ILM Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading, participatory learning in departmental workshops and up-to-date knowledge of Mental Health First Aid and the Mental Capacity Act. The Admin Team share a philosophy that the needs of the patient are central to everything they do, respecting privacy and dignity and acknowledging limitations, beliefs and perspectives.
Senior Registered Nurse (Psycho-Oncology)
I have worked in the Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre since 2017. Prior to this I worked on the Oncology and Haematology wards within the Queens Centre since 2011. I use a range of approaches to support patients and relatives with cancer-related concerns. I am currently completing a qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am very passionate about using CBT as it is a collaborative form of therapy and I feel the techniques learned can help us recognise unhelpful thoughts and behaviours then learn new ways to problem solve and cope which can be used for the rest of your life.
Senior Registered Nurse (Psycho-Oncology)
I have been part of the Oncology Health Centre team since June 2013. My work focusses on providing emotional, psychological and practical support for both patients and relatives who are affected by a cancer diagnosis. I use a variety of different techniques to listen to their stories and find the approach that suits that person in the most appropriate way. I have a special interest in counselling and hypnosis.
Dr Sarah Lewis
Principal Clinical Psychologist
I joined the Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre in 2017. I work with people and their families who have cancer related concerns and provide psychological therapy to help support them. I work collaboratively with people to tailor the approach to them. I am particularly interested in and draw upon approaches including mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion focused therapy to help support people with the difficulties that a cancer diagnosis can bring.
Specialist Nurse/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Psycho-Oncology)
I have worked in the Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre since the year 2000. The main part of my job is to see both patients and relatives affected by cancer and to provide psychological therapy to support them through this difficult time. I draw on a wide range of approaches to find the support that best suits the individual, but have a special interest in cognitive behavioural approaches, supportive psychotherapy, and relaxation and visualisation techniques.
Lead Clinical Research Therapist
I offer advice and strategies to support people who are experiencing cancer related fatigue. Cancer related fatigue is a severe form of physical and mental exhaustion which is unrelieved by rest. It is related to the cancer or cancer treatment. For some people the fatigue will wear off a few weeks after treatment but for a third of people the fatigue may last for months or even years after treatment has ceased. The intervention involves the completion of some baseline questionnaires and an activity diary to help me to identify the extent of the problem, whether there are aspects of the fatigue that are mood related, and to give me an understanding of how the fatigue is impacting on daily life.
Although I am a physiotherapist, I offer evidence-based advice that has been developed by many different professionals and covers aspects of life such as diet and hydration, sleep patterns, exercise, work, leisure/ hobbies, daily routines and relaxation.
Specialist Nurse/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Psycho-Oncology)
I have worked in this department since 2000. I have a long nursing career but more recently about 4 years ago I qualified at a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I have a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT from The University of Hull, I am now a fully accredited practitioner with the BABCP. My work involves treating patients and relatives with various psychological conditions such as Clinical Depression, various Anxiety Disorders such as Panic Disorder, PTSD, General Anxiety Disorder and Health Anxiety. I also help patients and relatives manage practical and emotional concerns such as altered sleep patterns, low motivation and self-esteem as well as body image concerns. It’s an incredibly rewarding job and I enjoy it as much as I did when I started 20 years ago. I work with a wonderful team and we all have a shared goal, that is to help the people that are referred to us with a sensitive and supporting approach to help them feel as well as they can emotionally and help them learn techniques to make changes to their lives themselves to improve their quality of life.
Senior Psychological Support Worker (Oncology)
I joined the Cancer Psychological Service within the Oncology Health Centre quite recently in 2020 after completing a postgraduate MSc degree in Health Psychology and I am continuously updating my knowledge. I have volunteered in various care environments since 2013 including the Queens Centre since 2016. I co-ordinate the running of the Drop-In and offer lower level psychological support to both patients and relatives affected by cancer, and I am able to refer people to higher level cancer related psychological support if needed.
Trainee Clinical Psychologist
The Cancer Psychological Service at the Oncology Health Centre has close links with the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Training Programme at the University of Hull, and so we routinely have Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement with us. These Trainees will be in their final year of their training and soon to qualify, and so bring with them over 5 years of experience working in the NHS. Trainee Clinical Psychologists are an asset to our team, and they provide psychological and emotional support to patients and relatives, drawing on a range of approaches and varied experience. All of their work whilst on placement with us, is overseen by our qualified Clinical Psychologists. You may be offered an appointment to see a Trainee for your treatment, and it is your choice whether or not you would like to be seen by them.
Psychological Support Assistant
More details will be added soon.
We strive continuously to improve the standard of our care and to develop new approaches.
Findings ways to deal with distressing emotions by reinforcing strengths and identifying ways to cope
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Changing the way we think and behave to have a positive impact on our feelings
Shifting our attention towards the present moment rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past
Learning to be compassionate towards ourselves and less critical of ourselves
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Developing our potential for a rich, full and meaningful life through working with, not against, the difficulties we have
Cognitive Analytic Therapy
Identifying unhelpful patterns in relationships with ourselves and others, and finding new ways to help
An altered state of consciousness which leads to an increased openness to suggestion, which can facilitate change in thoughts, feelings or behaviour in a positive way to support emotional well-being
*Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic*
Helpful information can be found on our web page.
Or, for a call back from our Drop-In Team please call:
01482 461060 or 01482 461061
Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm
(excluding bank holidays)
We welcome suggestions and feedback. If you can think of any way in which we could improve our service, please do not hesitate to tell us.
Oncology Health Centre
Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology
Castle Hill Hospital
Call us on 01482 461060 or 01482 461061
Fax us on 01482 461062