Children up to the age of 16 will receive their cancer treatment in one of the UK’s 18 principal treatment centres. These are also known as paediatric principal treatment centres or PTCs. In some cases, your child may also receive some treatment at a local hospital. This is known as ‘shared care’.
CLIC Sargent healthcare professionals support children under 16 and their families during treatment.
We are able to offer support through CLIC Sargent Nurses who work in every principal treatment centre in Great Britain. We also have eight CLIC Sargent Play Specialists who support younger children in several principal treatment centres across the UK.
Our nurses and play specialists work alongside other CLIC Sargent care professionals. You can speak to the CLIC Sargent team to find out more about the support that may be available to you.
What is a CLIC Sargent Nurse?
CLIC Sargent Nurses have a range of specialisations in the treatment of childhood cancers. They can coordinate clinical and non-clinical care for children up to the age of 16 to maximise the amount of time they can safely spend at home, and ensure that treatments can be given closer to home where possible.
Our nurses are based in each principal treatment centre, some other hospitals and also work in the community to reduce the number, or the length of hospital visits, your child needs to make where possible.
Where appropriate, they may administer chemotherapy or blood tests at your home or your child’s school. This means less time travelling to and from hospital, and less time spent away from school, friends and family.
In 2015 CLIC Sargent published the Children’s Service Key Worker Evaluation Project report which demonstrated that the specialist nurse key worker role is essential for supporting families from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, to the end of treatment and beyond. For more information on the project please download the parent summary or read the full report.
What is a CLIC Sargent Play Specialist?
CLIC Sargent Play Specialists can help children understand and cope with their treatment. We have eight play specialists who work with younger children in cancer wards and in the playrooms of a number of principal treatment centres throughout the UK.
Where they are available, our play specialists help children prepare for treatment and cope with their time in hospital through play and activities. This can help to reduce the need for additional procedures such as the number of general anaesthetics a child needs to have.
Play specialists help children in many different ways, depending on the age of the child. They can provide games, books, DVDs and computer games to keep children occupied.
They might read with them one-to-one or organise group activities so that they have the opportunity to play with other children. They may also organise arts and crafts sessions, which give children the opportunity to express themselves and be creative.