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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Services

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Meet the team

We are a dedicated professional team of doctors, nurses, youth support co-ordinator, teachers, social worker and psychologists.

We work very closely with the medical teams and disease-specific Assistant Nurse Practitioners (ANP), so that all teenagers and young adults with cancer are cared for both by experts in their disease and experts in this age group.

TYA team

Karen Sherbourne

Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse

Our Lead Nurse:

  • looks after young people aged 16-24 who have a diagnosis of cancer
  • offers support and information to them, their families and partners
  • helps plan and develop clinical facilities for teenagers and young adults
  • advises teams in Oxford and other hospitals in the region.

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Karen Sherbourne

Vickie Riley

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Our Advanced Nurse Practitioner:

  • offers support, guidance and information to young people aged 16-24 diagnosed with cancer, their families, friends and significant others
  • works closely with the disease specific nurse specialists to ensure all the needs of the young person are met
  • offers education and teaching on TYA cancer care to staff within OUH
  • works closely with the Lead Nurse in developing the service.

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Vickie Riley

Kam Bhatti

Teenage and Young Adult Therapy Radiographer

Our Teenage and Young Adult Therapy Radiographer:

  • works in Radiotherapy, using radiation to treat cancer patients of all ages
  • helps to co-ordinate the needs of each individual throughout planning and administering treatment.

This includes helping with treatment-related side-effects and management, as well as additional support to make the journey as smooth as possible.

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Kam Bhatti

Ruth East

Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator

Our Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator:

  • provides emotional and recreational support for cancer patients aged 16 - 24
  • aims to ensure young people do not become isolated during treatment and beyond, and that they have access to appropriate interventions which allow them to function and develop as young adults
  • develops age-appropriate support services for young people across multiple sites, such as peer supportive work, group and one-to-one work, and a Patient Panel
  • provides a wide range of cognitive, recreational and social activities, in order to help patients deal with their diagnosis, feel empowered and occupy their minds whilst receiving treatment
  • organises a variety of social activities in the community, where patients are able to meet others, try new things and have fun!

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Ruth East

Macmillan Clinical Psychologist

Our Macmillan Clinical Psychologists look after young people's emotional and psychological wellbeing.

They help them:

  • adjust to their illness
  • manage difficult emotions
  • cope with the side-effects of treatment
  • negotiate changes in relationships with family, friends or partners.

They offer:

  • a safe space to talk about your experiences with someone outside of your usual support system
  • practical ideas and strategies to help.

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Emily Betts

Macmillan Clinical Psychologist
Emily Betts

Helen Griffiths

Macmillan Clinical Psychologist
Helen Griffiths

CLIC Sargent Support

CLIC Sargent offers social work support to young people and their families, ensuring they receive financial, practical and emotional support.

What they can offer you includes the following.

Emotional support

  • Providing emotional support to you and your family / partner; also includes work helping your siblings
  • Access to CLIC Sargent's online community for 16-24 year-olds

Practical support

Providing you and your family access to 'CLIC Court', a CLIC Sargent 'Home from Home' five minutes' walk from the John Radcliffe Hospital. It is available for you or your family to stay free of charge. It is particularly useful if you are in for long periods of treatment or have an early start. Rooms are allocated on basis of one per family.

Financial support

  • Providing you with a one-off £170 grant
  • Helping you to access other funding if required
  • Welfare Advice Line - information regarding benefits

Working with other agencies

  • Supporting you to liaise with organisations including school / college, employers, housing or any others as needed
  • Helping you apply for a 'Wish'

Marc Sidwell

CLIC Sargent Social Worker

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Marc Sidwell

Susie Miller

Young People's Community Worker

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Susie Miller

Hospital School Teacher for 16-18s

Our teacher provides educational support for people aged 16-18 admitted to adult wards at the Churchill Hospital.

Our teacher offers:

  • liaison with schools or colleges
  • education in hospital (teaching 1:1 or in small groups, schoolwork or a more creative curriculum based on interests and motivations)
  • help with planning education after discharge, including careers guidance
  • support for the return to school or college
  • advice and advocacy.

She helps with all aspects of education, minimising disruption due to hospital stays, arranging for exams to take place in hospital and smoothing the transition back to school or college.

Additionally, she can help patients explore all their options, such as a range of AQA unit awards.

Jenny Brooks

Hospital School Teacher for 16-18s

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