Meet the team
The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service
The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service (TYA) is a team of experts which covers the Yorkshire, Humber and the Yorkshire coast region and serves a population of approximately four million. We are very proud of our TYA service, which has been at the forefront of developing expert TYA Care nationally; we also share our practice with other colleagues who are working internationally.
The service supports the medical, physical, emotional and social needs of young cancer patients aged 13 to 24, wherever they may be treated. If you are referred to this team, you will be assigned a Key Worker, who is usually a Specialist Nurse, and they will guide you and your family through your treatment. Alongside this there is a large team of professionals who will be able to help make this experience easier.
The main aims of the service are to:
- Enhance care and co-ordinate patient choice using age appropriate skills and TYA expertise
- Provide access to supportive care and peer group support.
- Guide and support the TYA and their family through the cancer journey
- Promote return to life after cancer treatment
- Provide the link between the different specialities and areas of care facilitated by the Key Workers
Leeds Teaching Hospital is called a Principal Treatment Centre, which means that many young people will need to come here to have their treatment. The young person would need to come to Leeds if aged under 19 years, and/or if they have one of the very rare cancers that occur in young people i.e bone cancer, sarcoma, testicular cancer, brain cancer and acute leukaemia. However, there are some types of cancer that can be treated in both Leeds and in a hospital that may be nearer to the young person. If this is the case we will be able to meet the young person and talk about the options with regard to where the treatment can be given and, whatever choice is made the team will work with the young person and their local team to make sure that you get access to everything we provide.
Sue Morgan MBE - Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant
Sue works locally, nationally and internationally to develop and improve the services provided for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer in Leeds and beyond. An expert practitioner in many aspects of TYA cancer care she leads the TYA Service and the development of TYA care in LTHT.
Tel: 07920 845984
The Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS):
Sally Burnell (Team Leader), Jessica Herrmann, Robyn Hedge and Claire Harrison
Our Nurse Specialists provide information, advice and support to all young patients and their families. This is from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. They will generally take on the Key Worker Role, co-ordinating care, treatment, appointments and admissions, providing a close link between hospital and home. They are experts in the needs of Young People with cancer and have expert knowledge of cancer treatments and their side-effects. They will guide and support the TYA and their family through the cancer journey helping them to voice their choices and make decisions with the medical team.
CNS and Team Leader - Sally Burnell: 07876 475053
Teenage Cancer Trust CNS - Jes Herrmann - 07880 243152
Macmillan CNS - Claire Harrison - 07789938729
CNS Robyn Hedge - 07789 174322
The CLIC Sargent TYA Social Workers:
Sharon Watson, Sarah Horvath, Laura Doyle
Our Social Workers provide emotional and psychological support as well as advice on practical, employment and financial issues. They have access to specific grants to help with expenses such as travel and other general costs associated with having treatment.
Tel: CLIC Sargent Social Workers - Sharon Watson, Sarah Horvath, Laura Doyle Whitehead - 0113 3922446
Clinical Psychologists: Dr. Karen Shimmon and Dr. Nicky Tschernitz
Our Clinical Psychologists provide expert psychological support for patients and families when needed, both during and after cancer treatment. Your Key Worker will put you in contact with this team if you would like to speak to one of them.
Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinators:
Carrie Pointer, Nicky Everett and Padma Dontamsetti.
Our Youth Support Coordinators provide individual and group support, through various activities for all our teenage and young adult patients. They provide opportunities to get involved in activities, workshops and projects, both inside and outside of the hospital. In addition, they organize social events allowing our patients to meet other young people who have or had cancer to share information and experiences and therefore providing support to one another.
Carrie Pointer- 07879 385308
Nicky Everett - 07775 572960
Padma Dontamsetti - 07775 572960
Emma Maltby Learning Mentor: Joanna Shannon
Jo supports with any aspect of education including schools, colleges, universities and careers. They can liaise with teachers and tutors to assist in continuing with education whilst undergoing treatment. They can help with arranging special consideration for exams and assessed work. She can also arrange and provide support to complete exams during hospital admissions.
Tel: 0113 3923711
TYA Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator: Jill Doherty
Jill Doherty is our MDT Coordinator. She is the person who makes sure that all of our records are up to date and that meetings, where we discuss each patient with regard to diagnosis, scan reports pathology etc., are held efficiently with all of the information we need.
Tel: 0113 3922327