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Key Worker

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Your Key Worker is the main person that will support you if you have cancer.

This page gives you more information about Key Workers and the support on offer.

Who we are

A Key Worker is a member of the MDT / PHCT (Primary Health Care Team) who will be your main point of contact during your treatment. Your Key Worker is usually a nurse who has been specially trained to care for patients with your type of cancer. He/She will assess your needs at key points during your care.

What we do

Your Key Worker will be able to provide you with the right amount of information you require, they will provide you with emotional support and offer you the opportunity to share your concerns at this difficult time.

They will be very familiar with your type of cancer and your individual treatment plan. Your Key Worker will also be the co-ordinator of your treatment plan and can help you access support from lots of different agencies, such as Macmillan Cancer Support, financial benefits advice and local support groups.

If you move between Hospitals or care settings, the role of the Key Worker may be transferred to another Health Care Professional.

Being referred to us

You can be referred for help with various types of emotional difficulty at any point - from cancer diagnosis onwards.

What happens when you see us

Your Key Worker will provide you with their contact details, however if at any time you cannot get through to your key worker please get in touch with your GP practice or District Nurse for advice.

Local support groups in Liverpool


Sunflowers is a drop in centre set up to help support families living with cancer diagnosis and its effects. Sunflowers offers a range of support services from help with benefits advice, online information library and relaxation therapies.

Sunflowers has a range of support groups taking place, full listings are available on the Sunflowers website.

Sefton Cancer Support

Confidential emotional and moral support for patients, friends and relatives. Sefton Cancer Support works with the primary care trusts, hospitals and community care trusts, this enables them to provide alternative therapy services which compliment those provided by the NHS. Therapies which are provided include aromatherapy, relaxation therapy and reflexology.

As well as 24 hour telephone support, volunteers will also conduct home visits. Visit the Sefton Cancer Support website.


Drop-in centre providing confidential support for people affected by cancer and their friends and families too. Visit the Lyndale Cancer Support website to find out more.

Visitor information

The Linda McCartney centre has a cafe with seating both insode and outside.

How to contact us

We are based at:

1st Floor
Linda McCartney Centre
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP


Map to the Linda McCartney Centre

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