Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Teenage Cancer Trust’s Nursing and Support Service pilot project took 2 years to complete and provided specialist nursing roles to support young people diagnosed with cancer across the North West of England. The new Service extends our work beyond our existing 28 units and takes care out to young people who want to receive support in their local hospitals.

Previously it was estimated that only 40-50% of young people with cancer were able to access specialist nursing support. The pilot team worked with the Principal Treatment Centre at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester whilst also working with and across the 18 Designated Hospitals across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria to support young people from the point of diagnosis.  A range of specialist staff were put in place to support young people wherever they were treated, both at hospital and at home. This required complex collaboration and partnership working with the NHS to provide a truly integrated model of care for young people.

Jackie Bird, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at The Christie, said:

The Christie is delighted that the Teenage Cancer Trust’s work to improve the care and support for young people with cancer across the North West has been recognised by Nursing Times. This has involved much teamwork and collaboration and most importantly offers teenagers and young adults much needed support when they are going through what is an extremely challenging time.

The pilot was independently evaluated by the Centre for Children and Families Research at Coventry University led by Professor Jane Coad and ensured young people and families’ voices were at the heart of the research into how clinical care is provided and managed.

The evaluation found that:

  • The pilot service reached close to 100% of all young people newly diagnosed in the region
  • The new service is highly valued by patients, families and professionals working across the region
  • It increased collaboration between the hospitals and entirely changed the culture and understanding of young people’s support and care needs

Based upon the findings, over the coming years, we'll be working with hospitals and regions across the whole of the UK to roll out the new service, giving real control back to young people with cancer to choose how and where they want to be treated and ensuring they are supported wherever they are. We're already working to raise the £80 million that we estimate we will need to make this happen over the next 5 years, whilst maintaining our current services.

Sam Smith, Head of Nursing and Clinical Services and project lead for the Pilot at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

We are immensely proud of the team being shortlisted for not one but 2 categories. We have seen a real cultural shift in approaches to teenage and young adult cancer care as a result of this model; this means more young people are receiving high quality specialist nursing support. For this to be recognised in the Nursing Times Awards finalists’ line up is incredible.

David Wright, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse, commented: “It is fantastic that the pilot project has been shortlisted. It is a real reflection of all the hard work that the project team have put in and, most importantly, of the positive difference that it has made for young people with cancer that are treated across the North West.”

The Nursing Times Awards has had a record-breaking year for entries and the judges were extremely impressed with the high standard. From 823 entries, 152 organisations’ have been judged to be the best in the nursing profession.

The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures from the health sector. The winners of the 2015 Nursing Times Awards will then be announced at the prestigious ceremony on 12 November at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The Nursing Times Awards represents true excellence in nursing and patient care, bringing together the best of the industry for a glittering evening of recognition, celebration and networking. With 20 categories, the coveted awards cover a wide range of achievements within the nursing profession.