Jane Sutton, the mother of inspirational teenager Stephen Sutton MBE, joined friends and family at Coventry University at the graduation of the first students to receive a scholarship named in her late son’s memory yesterday.
In total, 12 students were awarded the Post Graduate Certificate in Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care, including CLIC Sargent’s Steven Sheils.
Steven from North Shields is a CLIC Sargent Teenage and Young Persons Social Worker at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. After the ceremony we’re proud to announce that he also received the Stephen Sutton Academic Excellence Award, in special recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to his studies.
The postgraduate course Steven completed is designed for professionals who want to learn about the latest developments and innovations in cancer care, so that they can better support young cancer patients in their roles.
The longer term aim of the programme is to inspire improvements in cancer care services for teenagers and young adults facing cancer.
Four graduates at yesterday’s ceremony were on the scholarship programme, which is funded by donations inspired by Stephen Sutton to the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Around £1.6m of the total raised in his memory is being spent on professional development for nurses and specialist staff.
Steven Sheils, Teenage and Young Persons Social Worker at CLIC Sargent, said:
“Receiving the Stephen Sutton Academic Excellence Award is a humbling achievement for me. It is an absolute honour to receive an award associated with Stephen’s legacy.
“Completing the Post Graduate Certificate in Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care has been a rewarding experience, and everything I have learnt will help me achieve the best possible results for the young cancer patients I work with in my role at CLIC Sargent.”
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Jane Sutton, said:
“Stephen’s wish was for every young person diagnosed with cancer to receive the best possible care and treatment.
"He would be thrilled to know these scholarships are playing such an important role in developing the knowledge of professionals working with young cancer patients and are therefore instrumental in helping to fulfil his wish.”
Find out more about Steven and his role supporting young cancer patients at CLIC Sargent.
Applications for the scholarship are invited from anyone working with teenagers and young adults with cancer - including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, youth workers, and social workers. Find out more about how to apply.
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