Regional specialist social work team

​What we do: 
We offer a dedicated social work service to children and young people with life threatening conditions who receive their treatment at either the Leeds General Infirmary or St. James University Hospital. These include oncology (cancer), haematology (severe blood disorder), haemophilia, renal (kidney), liver and cystic fibrosis.

We also offer a service to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

The involvement of the social worker often begins at diagnosis and families are usually referred by either their consultant or clinical nurse specialist.   

The support offered is very individual and includes any or all of the following:
  • emotional support
  • financial help and welfare benefits
  • liaison with schools, colleges and universities, 
  • liaison with employers, housing, youth justice, immigration, domestic violence, child protection and local social services department
  • referral for volunteer support. 
The length of social work support offered to children and young people is dependent upon the outcome of an assessment. If a child or young person dies bereavement support can be provided.

Our social workers provide a high standard of support for patients and their families;  including the transition from paediatric to the adult services.

Who we treat: 
Patients from birth to eighteen years with the exception of the TYA (teenagers and young adults) Unit in oncology who offer a service from thirteen to twenty five years.

Further information:
Please use the ‘find services for SEN and disabilities’ button on this page on this page to find out more information on specific health topics and services offered in Leeds.

or for more information contact: 0113 3922446 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm



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