Who will help my child?

Throughout their treatment, your child will be cared for by a large team of people. This is known as a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). You'll also meet some CLIC Sargent care professionals in the hospital who will support you throughout your journey.

Professionals in hospital

Depending on your child's age, and the type of cancer they have, the team could include:

Anaesthetists and intensivists - specialist doctors who manage your child's breathing and specialist medical care if they need an anaesthetic or intensive care

CLIC Sargent Social Worker - work alongside NHS teams to coordinate the non-clinical care of your child and ensure you get the support you need 

Outreach nurses - provide treatment and support out in the community

Paediatric haematologists - doctors who specialise in blood disorders, including leukaemia

Paediatric oncologists - doctors who treat children with cancer

Pharmacists - prepare and dispense medicines for your child. Oncology pharmacists have specialist knowledge about children's cancer medicines, the best formulas to use at home and how to manage side effects

Phlebotomists - carry out skin-prick testing and take blood samples

Play specialists - use play and activities to teach children more about their treatment and what to expect, so that they are better able to cope with it

Radiographers - take X-rays, perform specialised scans and give radiotherapy treatment

Radiologists - doctors who interpret X-rays and scans

Specialist nurse key workers - deliver and coordinate children's care in the hospital and the community

Surgeons - doctors who carry out operations

Ward doctors - most of the tests and treatments will be done by these doctors, under the supervision of the paediatric oncologist or haematologist

Ward nurses - some may be specialist nurses who work with children who have cancer (paediatric oncology nurses)

CLIC Sargent care teams

Our professionals will be there to support you throughout your journey and can help in the following ways:

  • From the day the doctor says cancer, CLIC Sargent care teams will provide exceptional care and support, tailored to each young person and their family
  • Our social workers, nurses and play specialists will listen and ask the right questions so that you get the support you need
  • They can arrange a CLIC Sargent grant or help you access the benefits you are entitled to
  • They coordinate care so that some medical procedures can happen at home, or arrange free accommodation close to the hospital in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home
  • They can provide you with CLIC Sargent's trustworthy information materials which give expert advice and guidance on everything to do with life during and after treatment.

Where next?

Updated March 2018, next review due 2019.