Head and Neck and Thyroid cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

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The Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a Trust-wide multi-professional group serving a population of approximately 800,000 living predominantly in North Staffs, Stoke-On-Trent and South Staffs. However, there are flows into the county across the borders leading to patients being treated from Shropshire and Cheshire.

For health services, head and neck cancers present particular challenges because of the complexity of the anatomical structures and functions affected, the variety of professional disciplines involved in caring for patients and the relatively sparse geographical distribution of patients requiring specialised forms of therapy or support.

 Head and Neck Cancers can have devastating effects on the lives of patients; the treatment can be disfiguring and often makes normal speech and eating difficult.

The Head and Neck team provides a diagnostic and treatment service at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and a diagnostic/follow up service at County Hospital (Stafford) all treatment modalities are carried out.

The MDT has the combined function of confirmation of diagnosis, treatment and management of all newly identified, recurrent or metastatic disease and as such communicating with appropriate agencies regarding rehabilitation and survivorship.

The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is made up of several different health care professionals who are specialists in diagnosing and treating Head and Neck cancer.

 The team meet weekly and all contribute towards planning care. The Head and Neck Clinic is held each Monday morning in the ENT Department on the Ground Floor of the Main Building. The Thyroid clinic is held on Thursday mornings.  These clinics are where the team will discuss and plan treatment options, where patients will be reviewed and monitored.

Our staff understand the complex emotions and pressures that come with a cancer diagnoses and the subsequent treatment. The Trust takes every measure possible to ensure you are made as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

Core members

Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons

Mr R. Hughes

Mr A George

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Mr P Grime

Mr T Malins

Mr D Gahir  

Clinical Oncologists

Dr A Jamil

Dr D Gahir

Consultant Restorative Dentist 

Mr S Brindley                    


Dr C Howitt

Dr P Simcock     


Dr J Joseph

Dr C Jadun

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Wendy Robson

Jacqueline Miller

Yvonne Harvey

Speech & Language therapist

Aisling Killen

Amy Lavis


Sophie Harries

Richard Silvioli

Josh Beattie


Extended team members​

Lymphodema Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Elwell


Sarah Smyth

Senior Maxillofacial Prosthetist

Julie Strzla

Dental Therapist( hygienist)

Rachael Taylor

Nutritional Nurse Specialist

Nicola Cooper

Radiotherapy Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Dawn Beetham

Advanced Radiographer Practitioner

James Bisson


Support groups

The laryngectomy support group meets on the first Tuesday of every month 2-4pm

The Head Cases Support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month 7.30-9.30pm

Thyroid Cancer friends-Staffordshire UK (face book page)

The groups provide a forum in which patients, both old and new, can meet. It is an opportunity to exchange experiences and stories, receive advice and information from trained clinicians, ask questions, and generally experience the benefit of engaging with others who understand them. A patient buddy system enables patients to meet and support each other along the way.

Staff from the head & neck team regularly attend the meetings, and are there as a contact point. They are highly experienced, clinically trained staff who can provide written information, and general expertise on many aspects of the disease, such as coping mechanisms, rehabilitation and ways to improve your quality of life.

Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to join patients when they attend the sessions, as it is important that they also have a strong support network during this difficult time.

The groups are intended not only to be informative, but enjoyable as well. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and there are always refreshments available. Members of the group are very active in fundraising for the cause, and have organised many events which have done much to raise both money and awareness in connection to this issue. Specific events are often organised in addition to the regular meetings; such as patient parties, luncheons, raffles, and Christmas parties. Again, these are enjoyable and valuable occasions which offer you the opportunity to meet and share experiences, advice and support.

The appointment of patient representatives is key to the successful running of the groups, and patients are welcome to become one if they wish to play an active role in representing the views and wishes of others.

Professionals from other areas of health work will sometimes be invited to join the group for a session. They will talk to offer information and insight on how other areas of medicine are related to conditions and how specialists in these areas can help you.

If you are interested in attending the support groups, or would just like to pop along to one of their sessions, please contact the clinical nurse specialist (01782-674130).

They will provide all the details necessary on how to join and where to go.

Or access the web sites (see below for address)


Local Support group

1. Head cases-staffs.org.uk

2. www.lostchordstoke.org.uk

3. Thyroid face book page

Please contact the CNS for access and directions


National support groups

1. Let's Face It

 72, Victoria Avenue, Westgate on Sea, Kent.



 2. National Association of Laryngectomy Clubs

 Suite 16, Tempo House, 15 Falcon Road, London SW112PJ.

Tel-020 7730 8585


 3. Changing Faces,

 The Squire Centre, 33-37 University Street, London WC1E 6JN.

Tel-0300 0120 275


4. British Thyroid Foundation

 2nd floor, 3 Devonshire Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 AA.

Tel-01423 709 707


5. Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust

PO Box205, Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2WX

Tel-01207 545469



Further information and support

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre will:

  • Listen to how cancer is affecting your life
  • Provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information
  • Put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counselling services, benefits advisers and support groups

The centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am -4pm

The address is:

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre

Royal Stoke University Hospital

Ground Floor, Main Building, Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent, ST4 6QG

Call us on 01782 676333 or

E-mail us at macmillancentre@uhnm.nhs.uk

Please note, we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names.
If you are making a special journey, please ring to make an appointment so you are not kept waiting