We offer psychological support for patients and relatives who are experiencing distress as a result of cancer diagnosis. There are two parts to the service:
Firstly, drop-in support where patients and relatives can access information, support and discuss any concerns relating to their cancer with a qualified member of the team.
The second part is individual psychosocial assessment and treatment for any ongoing concerns such as adjustment to diagnosis, distress with treatment procedures and worry about the future.
Did you know...?We are the only psycho-oncology service in the United Kingdom that offers drop-in support with immediate access to Clinical Nurse Specialists and Clinical Psychology for psychological support.
For those with clinically significant psychological concerns such as anxiety, depression, or complex relationship issues a psychological assessment will be conducted and a specific intervention tailored to the patients’ needs will be discussed. Various psychological approaches are applied within the centre such as psychotherapeutic support, cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive analytic therapy, existential approaches, acceptance commitment therapy and also mindfulness stress reduction training (both individually and in group format).
The team input into local teaching and academic programmes, offer supervision and consultation to staff and also are involved with ongoing research into psychological support in cancer.
The extended OHC team offers support with practical, social and treatment related fatigue and include welfare rights, fatigue clinic, information centre. The OHC work closely with bereavement and psychosexual counselling service and the survivorship team.
Dr Emma Lewis
- Karen Fraser
- Sue Render
Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.