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Macmillan Cancer Psychological Support (CaPS) Team

What does the service offer?

Our team are here to help you deal with the emotional, psychological and mental health impact of cancer and will offer you information, support and practical help. Whilst individuals can struggle at different points of their cancer care, the sorts of difficulties we can help you with can include:

  • Living with uncertainty in your present and future
  • Coping with how cancer affects your relationships
  • Managing the demands of home and family life while caring for yourself
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety, trauma and anger
  • Coping with adjustment, change and loss
  • Feeling unhappy about changes in the way you look
  • Coping with pain, discomfort, fatigue and treatment side-effects
  • Coping with how cancer affects your relationships and/or sexual functioning
  • Coping with how cancer affects self-esteem and sense of self
  • Coming to terms with possible end-of-life issues
  • Managing complex mental health issues alongside cancer
  • Initiating and/or reviewing psychiatric medication


The Macmillan Cancer Psychological Support (CaPS) Team offers counselling and liaison psychiatry input and is made up of experienced clinicians who are able to work with patients to address their psychological and emotional needs using a range of interventions.  You may find you would benefit from a few consultations with a counsellor to help to get you ‘back on track’. Alternatively if talking therapies are not right for you, you may find you would benefit from a different level of support (e.g. if you have pre-existing mental health difficulties and/or are already taking psychiatric medication) and seeing a liaison psychiatrist may be more appropriate.

Our service is available to adult inpatients and outpatients who have received care for their cancer at Croydon University Hospital, as well as those involved in their care (e.g. carers, families, partners). We offer a free and confidential service, which can include one-to-one sessions, as well as working with carers as appropriate.


Who are the Macmillan Cancer Psychological Support (CaPS) Team?

  • Laura Barnett – Macmillan Psychotherapist
  • Anastasia Synesiou – Macmillan Psychotherapist
  • Dr Asanga Fernando – Macmillan Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist


How do I refer someone to the team?

We accept referrals for patients who are under the care of Croydon University Hospital for their cancer.  You can be referred by your GP or by any healthcare professional in your clinical team.

GPs and other healthcare professionals can access a referral form HERE. You can return this form by emailing it to .

Please note that this form is for referrals to Outpatient Counselling and Outpatient Liaison Psychiatry only.




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