Useful organisations

Useful organisations

Other sources of information that may be helpful to you.



Information and advice on workplace issues, employment law and flexible working. 

Telephone: 0300 123 1100


Age UK

Information for older people on a range of subjects including health, finances and lifestyle.

Telephone: 0800 678 1602


Association of British Insurers (ABI)

Information about insurance cover, and what to think about when choosing a policy that is right for you. 

Telephone: 0207 600 3333


Be Part of Research

Information about clinical trials in the UK. Includes a database of current clinical trials and information on how to contact the trial team. 


Bladder and Bowel UK

Impartial information and advice about bladder and bowel problems.

Telephone: 0161 214 4591


British Acupuncture Council

Information about acupuncture and details of practitioners in your area. 

Telephone: 020 8735 0400


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

Information about counselling and details of therapists in your area.

Telephone: 01455 883 300


British Association of Urological Surgeons

Information about surgery for prostate problems.


British Dietetic Association

Information about a healthy diet and how to find a registered dietitian. 

Telephone: 0121 200 8080


British Heart Foundation

Information about heart disease and eating for a healthy heart.

Telephone: 0300 330 3311


British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA)

Explains insurance terms and helps you find your nearest broker.

Telephone: 0370 950 1790


British Medical Association (BMA)

Information for the public on healthcare services, including common queries, how to raise concerns about your care, and links to sources of healthcare information and support.

Telephone: 0300 123 1233


British Nutrition Foundation

Information on a healthy diet and how diet may be linked to cancer.

Telephone: 020 7557 7930


British Red Cross

A wide range of support and services, from medical equipment loans and home assistance to help with transport. Find your local Red Cross in the phonebook, or online.


Cancer Black Care

Information and support for all people affected by cancer. Raises awareness of cancer in black and minority ethnic communities.

Telephone: 020 8961 4151


Cancer Research UK

Information about prostate cancer, including a database of clinical trials.

Telephone: 0808 800 4040


Cancer Support UK

Practical and emotional support for people with cancer. Services include telephone support groups and cancer kits which are free to order.

Telephone: 020 3983 7616


Carers Trust

Information and support for carers.

Telephone: 0300 772 9600


Carers UK

Carers UK is the voice of carers and the leading campaigning, policy and information organisation for carers.

Telephone: 0808 808 7777



Easy read information for people with learning disabilities, including information about palliative care.

Telephone: 0113 242 6619


Citizens Advice

Advice on a range of issues including financial and legal matters.

Telephone: 0800 144 8848 (England), 03444 77 20 20 (Wales)


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Information about sexual and relationship therapy, and details of therapists who meet national standards.

Telephone: 020 8543 2707


Compassion in Dying

Information on your rights to make choices about your end of life care. Free advance decision forms and support to complete one. 

Telephone: 0800 999 2434


Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Details of complementary therapists who meet national standards.

Telephone: 020 3668 0406


Continence Product Advisor

Unbiased information on products for different continence problems, written by health professionals.


Cruse Bereavement Care

Support and information for people after the death of someone close. 

Telephone: 0808 808 1677


Diabetes UK

Information about diabetes. 

Telephone: 0345 123 2399


Disability Rights UK

Practical information about disability rights and benefits, and keys for accessible toilets across the UK. 

Telephone: 0330 995 0404


The DLF (previously the Disabled Living Foundation)

Expert advice about equipment and aids to help people live as independently as possible. 

Telephone: 0300 999 0004


Dying Matters

Information from Hospice UK about planning for the future and advice on talking about dying.


electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)

Information on UK-licensed medicines, including how to use your medicine, side effects, and how other medicines, food or alcohol may affect your medicine.


Fertility Network UK

Information and support for people with fertility problems.

Telephone: 01424 732 361 


Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Government travel advice, and details of foreign embassies and high commissions in the UK.


Fruit Fly Collective

Support for adults and children when a parent has cancer. Includes online information for adults, activity kits to order for children, and animated films to help parents talk to children about cancer.


Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

Information about the card and how to get one.


GMFA - The gay men's health charity

Provides health information for gay men.



Information about UK government services, including benefits, employment, and money matters.

Watch, listen to or read personal experiences of men with prostate cancer and other health problems.


Home Office Drugs Branch

A list of controlled drugs and information about getting an export and import licence for your medicine.

Telephone: 020 7035 6330 

Hospice UK

Information about hospice care, including a database of hospice and palliative care providers. 

Telephone: 020 7520 8200

LGBT Foundation

Information, advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, including a telephone helpline and email support service.

Telephone:  0345 330 30 30


Look Good Feel Better

Tips on how people can look after themselves during treatment, including videos and free skincare and grooming workshops for men.


Lymphoedema Support Network

Information and support for people with lymphoedema, including details of support groups.

Telephone: 020 7351 4480


Macmillan Cancer Support

Practical, financial and emotional support for people with cancer, their family and friends.

Telephone: 0808 808 0000



Drop-in centres for cancer information and support, and an online support group.

Telephone: 0300 123 1801



American male cancer charity. Provides information and support for gay, bisexual and transgender people and men who have sex with men, including an online forum.


Marie Curie

Runs hospices throughout the UK and a free nursing service for people in their own home.

Telephone: 0800 090 2309


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

Advice about how to use herbal remedies safely. Also runs the Yellow Card Scheme, a system for reporting unusual side effects from any treatment, including herbal remedies.

Telephone: 020 3080 6000



Information and support for mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. 

Telephone: 0300 123 3393


National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE)

Guidelines for care and for the use of treatments and procedures on the NHS in England and Wales.

Telephone: 0300 323 0140


National Travel Health Network and Centre

Travel health information about every country, and a list of vaccinations you may need before you travel.


NHS Direct Wales

Provides health advice 24 hours a day, and lists local health services in Wales, including GPs and dentists.

Telephone: 0845 46 47


NHS Inform

Health information and details of NHS and other support services in Scotland.

Telephone: 0800 22 44 88 


NHS Shared Decision Making

Decision aids to help people make difficult decisions about their healthcare. Includes a decision aid to help men decide whether to have a PSA test and to help them discuss this with their GP.


NHS Smokefree

Information and support to help people stop smoking, including telephone support, an app, Quit Kit, email, text message and face-to-face guidance.

Telephone: 0300 123 1044


NHS website

Information about conditions, treatments and lifestyle. Support for carers and a directory of health services in England.



Information about government services in Northern Ireland, including health services.


Oral Health Foundation

Information about the mouth and teeth, and a helpline for questions about dental health. 

Telephone: 01788 539 780


Pain Association Scotland

Runs groups in Scotland that help people manage their pain and improve their coping skills.

Telephone: 0800 783 6059


Pain Concern

Information and support for people with pain and those who care for them. 

Telephone: 0300 123 0789

Patient UK

Information that's often used by GPs to help explain health problems to patients. Also has a directory of UK health websites.


Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)

Details of private physiotherapists who specialise in continence problems.


Pelvic Radiation Disease Association

Support for men with long-term side effects of radiotherapy.

Telephone: 0800 121 6811


Penny Brohn UK

Runs courses and offers physical, emotional and spiritual support for people with cancer and those close to them.

Telephone: 0303 3000 118


Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme

NHS information about the pros and cons of the PSA test for diagnosing prostate cancer.



Information, advice and relationship counselling and sex therapy. In Scotland, contact Relationships Scotland instead.

Telephone: 0300 003 2324


Relationships Scotland

Information, relationship counselling and sex therapy in Scotland. 

Telephone: 0345 119 2020


Royal College of Radiologists

Interactive information on cancer treatment and scans. Includes descriptions from staff and patients. 

Telephone: 020 7405 1282


Royal Osteoporosis Society

Information and support for people with weak bones.

Telephone: 0808 800 0035



Confidential, judgement-free emotional support, 24 hours a day, by telephone, email, letter, or face to face.

Telephone: 116 123



Information and support for anyone affected by mental health problems. 

Telephone: 0300 304 7000


Self Management UK

Free self-management courses in England (and online in parts of Wales) to help you take control and manage your condition.

Telephone: 03333 445 840


Sexual Advice Association

Information about treatments for sexual problems.


Sue Ryder 

Palliative care through homecare, hospice and residential care services.

Telephone: 0808 164 4572 



Help with finding a carer in your local area, and a free guide about caring for a family member available to download.

Telephone: 020 8629 1030



Information about gay rights, and tips for using the NHS for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Telephone: 0800 050 20 20


Switchboard – LGBT+ helpline

Free and confidential support and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout the UK.

Telephone: 0300 330 0630 


The Law Society 

Help finding a solicitor in England and Wales.

Telephone: 020 7242 1222


The Law Society of Northern Ireland

Help finding a solicitor in Northern Ireland.

Telephone: 028 9023 1614


The Law Society of Scotland

Help finding a solicitor in Scotland.

Telephone: 0131 226 7411



Help to access money that's available through benefits, grants and other help. 

Telephone: 0808 802 2000


UK Council for Psychotherapy

Information about types of psychotherapy and details of therapists in your area.

Telephone: 020 7014 9955


Winston's Wish

Practical support and guidance for bereaved children and their families. Information about helping children when a relative is ill.

Telephone: 08088 020 021


World Cancer Research Fund

Funds research and provides information on diet and exercise to reduce the risk of cancer.

Telephone:020 7343 4205


Updated: September 2022 | To be reviewed: September 2023