Jane is a CLIC Sargent Specialist Nurse Key Worker who works at the Children’s Hospital for Wales, supporting children and young people with brain tumours.
"We try to see patients and their family as soon as possible after diagnosis, in order to ensure that they know of the support that is available to them," says Jane. "We are a handhold when they have been struck by the shock of a cancer diagnosis."
"We try to see patients and their family as soon as possible after diagnosis, in order to ensure they know the support that is available to them."
Helping children spend more time at home
Cancer treatment can be gruelling and often happens many miles from home.
Jane’s daily work sees her supporting patients and their families with some of the necessary medical procedures involved in treating cancer, such as chemotherapy and blood tests.
She will often visit a patient’s home in order to save the family from many miles of travel and to ensure that families can spend as much time together as possible.
Jane's work often sees her accompany families to schools, to discuss the patient’s education needs and help their transition back into school life.
Throughout this work, she aims to improve parents’ confidence in their child’s treatment, offering support through times when they can often feel powerless and overwhelmed.
Treating patients as individuals
A Key Worker is a crucial link between the family, the hospital and different departments, meaning the family always knows who to turn to for information and support.
Jane is able to look at a patient’s life as a whole, helping them to navigate the particular obstacles that they might face.
Should a patient be given a terminal diagnosis, she will spend time with their families, supporting them through their hardest times.