Little Linac Project

February 2020: All stock for the Little Linac is currently allocated. A decision to re-order more stock will be made by IPEM's Board of Trustees in April. If you wish to submit an order form, it will be held pending the outcome of that decision.

To order Little Linac kits (UK only) complete the order form here.

 For orders from outside the UK please scroll down the page for more information.

Oliver Chillmaid, aged four, one of the first children to receive a Little Linac kit, at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle



The Little Linac project was started by Professor David Brettle, when he was President of IPEM. His vision was for IPEM to provide every child in the UK undergoing radiotherapy treatment for cancer with a free kit of play bricks to make a model treatment machine (linac, short for linear accelerator).  Toy bricks are every child’s favourite toy and are an ideal way to educate young patients about their treatment in a way that is designed to reduce their stress and anxiety, and so contribute to successful treatment sessions. To read more about the project, click here. 

Our partners in the Little Linac project are: the British Institute of Radiology, the Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers.



Bronwyn, aged seven, with her Little Linac, with (left) Jill Scott, Superintendent Radiographer,
and Maureen Houston, Senior Play Specialist, at the Beatson West of Scotland
Cancer Centre in Glasgow. Photograph courtesy of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Aaron Pilcher, aged 10, is the first patient undergoing radiotherapy treatment at
 Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to receive a Little Linac kit


Professor David Brettle with William, aged 7, who was undergoing
radiotherapy  treatment at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Media coverage of the Little Linac project

Since the official launch of the Little Linac at the IPEM members’ conference MPEC in York in September 2018, there has been some good coverage of it in traditional media and especially on social media. The launch itself was covered by That's TV York.

Many of the paediatric radiotherapy centres across the UK have posted the story on their Twitter feeds, using #littlelinac. Some NHS Trusts and Health Boards have also carried the story on their websites, such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

There has also been coverage on newspaper websites, both nationally and regionally, as well, including: Metro, iNews, SWNS, Glasgow Evening Times, and the West Bridgford Wire. Regional television news in Yorkshire in the shape of ITV Calendar covered the launch of the Little Linac project at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.             


February 2020: All stock for the Little Linac is currently allocated. A decision to re-order more stock will be made by IPEM's Board of Trustees in April. If you wish to submit an order form, it will be held pending the outcome of that decision.

Click here to order your kit or click below to donate.

Information for international and larger orders

If you are ordering from outside the UK different charges apply in terms of postage and VAT.  To get a detailed quote please use this form

If you want to order a larger quantity of Little Linacs, for example for a hospital outside the UK, we have special rates for different countries depending on their GDP per capita.  These World Bank ratings are used by the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP) to establish their membership fees.

For more details on costs for international orders and large orders please click here.

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