Teenage Cancer Trust

Session Summary

The teenage cancer trust (TCT) was launched in 1990s following a report highlighting unmet needs in the adolescent cancer patient. Since then TCT has worked to create world-class cancer services for young people in the UK, providing care and support so young people don’t have to face cancer alone.
There are now 28 specialist units within NHS hospitals designed to promote delivery of age appropriate care. TCT fund specialist roles including, nurse consultants, clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners and youth support workers.
With the support of patient voice, this presentation will outline some of the fantastic work TCT do nationwide and locally at UCLH. Demonstrating the role TCT play in ambulatory care and how they support patients throughout treatment and beyond.

Lauren Birkett

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, UCLH – University College London Hospital

Lauren has been at UCLH since 2011 where she now works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, caring for young people aged 13-24 with cancer.

Over the past 10 years Lauren has worked in both the inpatient adult haematology/BMT setting and more recently has worked closely with Teenage Cancer Trust on the teenage and young adult ambulatory care and day care unit. Here they provide inpatient treatments in an outpatient setting, promoting patient’s independence and autonomy.

Academically Lauren has achieved BNurs (hons) from University of Birmingham, MSc in Advanced Practice from King’s College London and is currently undertaking a research project looking at ways to better the end of treatment experience for this patient group.