Dr Patricia Chaffey

Senior Psychological Support Worker (Oncology)

I joined the Cancer Psychology 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 psychological support if needed.

Dr Cara Childs

Clinical Psychologist

I have worked in the Cancer Psychology 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.

Dr Rachel Foxwell

Service Lead Clinical Psychologist

I have worked in the Cancer Psychology 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 Fiona Gilbert

Senior Nurse

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.

Claire Hebblewhite

Specialist Nurse/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Psycho-Oncology)

I have worked in the Cancer Psychology 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.

Dr Sarah Lewis

Principal Clinical Psychologist

I joined the Cancer Psychology 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.

Dr Rebecca Stoakes

Psychological Support Worker (Oncology)

I have worked in the Cancer Psychology Service since 2019. Prior to this, I completed my postgraduate MSc degree in Clinical Psychology. I have completed numerous amounts of training in mindfulness, relaxation techniques, problem-focused coping mechanisms and cognitive restructuring. I am currently undergoing rigorous oncology training so I can apply my psychological knowledge to people going through their journey with cancer.

Dr Andrew Websdale

Senior Registered Nurse (Psycho-Oncology)

I have worked in the Cancer Psychology 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.