Andy Thomas

Dr Andy Thomas, Chartered Clinical Psychologist at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Trinity Hospice, is the Chair of the Lancashire & South Cumbria Psychology Network Group (PNG).

The role and purpose of the Lancashire & South Cumbria PNG is to improve the experience and outcomes of cancer care for patients who require input from psychology professionals in the Lancashire & South Cumbria footprint of the SCN. This involves consideration of strategies and plans for service improvement and service development across the patient pathway, incorporating all aspects of care at appropriate stages of the patient's journey. The aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes and best quality of life for all patients who use cancer services within the Network.

National Guidelines and Reports:

Demonstrating Quality and Outcomes in Psycho-oncology

Dementia and Intellectual Disabilities

Guidelines on Language in Relation to Functional Psychological Diagnosis


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer : Christina Shennan, Psychotherapist, CancerHelp

Mindfulness in Cancer Care : Christina Shennan, Psychotherapist, CancerHelp

What is the evidence for the use of mindfulness-based interventions in cancer care ? A review : Christina Shennan, Sheila Payne and Deborah Fenlon


Exploring patient experiences of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer : Kinta Beaver, Susan Williamson, Jean Briggs

Educational Events: 

The Psychology Network Group have held a number of Conferences focussing on different aspects of psychological issues for cancer patients.

2015 "Compassion, Kindness and Me" Conference 19 June 2015, Barton Grange Hotel, Preston

Conference Brochure

2012 "The Psychological Impact of Cancer on Older People and Vulnerable Adults" Conference 2 February 2012, Preston Gujarat Hindu Society

2011 "Cancer and Mental Health" Conference 7 February 2011, Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Accrington