Thursday 18th January 2018
Jamie was appointed to the role of Lead Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults in June 2013. Based at Area 61, the unit in the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Jamie oversees a team of expert nurses and staff across the region who provide care and treatment specifically for young people aged 13 - 24 with cancer.
“Alongside our Lead Clinician it’s my responsibility to develop the best possible care for young people with cancer in the South West,” said Jamie. “I share expertise to support and guide other professionals in the specialist area of caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer, whilst advocating and being a voice for young people’s needs within many NHS organisations.”
Last year, Jamie was part of our biggest ever team at the Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K: a team of 50 running in memory, in support of or inspired by young cancer patients. Jamie, who’s no stranger to running, even found time to take a cheeky selfie with the Teenage Cancer Trust hot air balloon before continuing his run!
This year the Lead Nurse is encouraging others to take on this brilliant run for Teenage Cancer Trust, to help make sure no young person has to face cancer alone.
Being a part of the Teenage Cancer Trust team at an event is always special. There’s a feeling of camaraderie amongst the team and the support from the charity is always felt, along with their cheer squad always being the noisiest!
"Young people with cancer are different to young children and adults with cancer, and they need support that always takes that into account. Our nurses know how to provide the highest level of personalised nursing care for young people; however, right now, we don’t have enough in the UK to reach every young person. Without a Teenage Cancer Trust nurse, it’s easy for young people and their families to miss out on the treatment, care and support that’s right for them.”