From the beginning of your caring experience, you may be in contact with a number of health and social care professionals.
These could include:
- a GP
- an oncologist (a doctor who specialises in cancer)
- a clinical nurse specialist (who specialises in a particular area of health, such as cancer, or in a specific cancer type)
- a district nurse (who visits people at home)
- social workers (who support vulnerable people in society and direct them to services to help improve their welfare)
- physiotherapists (who help people become more mobile after an illness or injury)
- occupational therapists (who help people to work or do daily tasks).
There will often be one person who is the main point of contact for you and the person you care for. Professionals may call this person a key worker. This is usually a clinical nurse specialist.