North of England
We are currently seeking funding for our next service with the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle to support children and families across the North of England. The Oncology/Psychology team there have shown great understanding of our pilot scheme at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and have a similar need to increase the Clinical Psychology provision within their own rehabilitation programme for children with brain tumours.
There are many additional benefits that we want to bring to the Great North Children’s Hospital and to the children and the families in their care through psychology.
The development of a psychology provision for the North of England matches Toms Trust’s vision to establish a full and sustainable service within a second UK hospital with a view to working with a third and other hospitals with similar needs thereafter.
Tom’s Trust will be funding an additional full-time Clinical Psychologist (at Band 7) to support the present Band 8a Lead. The current Lead has also initiated a pilot research project, already showing great promise in enabling post-surgery children to regain the focus- and processing-skills adversely affected during their treatment, and is naturally keen to pursue this potential breakthrough. As a result, we have also recruited a second Band 8a Psychologist, for one day a week, to undertake the current Lead’s regular cognitive assessments and psychological therapy on that day, freeing up time for the research to continue and develop. The resulting increase in Clinical Psychology time and personnel will more than double current capacity and mean that many more children each year – and hundreds of additional family members – will receive the support they so badly need.