Louise is a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Sick Children's Nurse and has a Masters and a BSc degree.
My role involves developing and implementing services for young people with cancer across Teenage Cancer Trust, both locally in London and the south east and nationally. I also work with young people with cancer who have complex needs.
My favourite part of the job is collaboration with colleagues to improve services for teenagers and young adults. It is especially rewarding when we can meet the needs of the young person. The young people we work with inspire me, as do their friends and family.
The Royal Marsden has two sites, one in London and one 15 miles away in Sutton, Surrey. Teenagers and young adults aged 16-24 years are cared for on both sites. The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit is based in Sutton and has thirteen in-patient beds and a day-care area. The unit is large, bright and has a mixture of single rooms, four-bed bays and excellent social areas. We have a comprehensive health and social care team who work across both sites and so can meet young people’s health, social and educational needs wherever they are being treated.
Why Teenage Cancer Trust matters
Teenage Cancer Trust has enabled young people to be cared for in an environment that meets their needs as a young person and as someone with cancer. The units are vital to provide facilities that enable and promote normality, and so to too are the staff who work in units and designated hospitals who understand and advocate the value of age appropriate care.