Posted on Monday 3 May 2021

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CLIC Sargent’s Chief Nurse move to strengthen collaboration between two cancer charities

The role of Chief Nurse at CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer, is moving to Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group to strengthen collaboration and facilitate great networking.

From 3 May 2021, CLIC Sargent’s Chief Nurse role, which provides clinical expertise to enable CLIC Sargent to better support children and young people with cancer and their families, will sit under the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). The role will continue to be funded by CLIC Sargent.

The movement of this role to sit within CCLG, the organisation which brings together professionals in paediatric oncology, is in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted opportunities to work more strategically with other childhood cancer organisations to continue to provide vital support to young cancer patients.

The new arrangement will allow for better information sharing and greater clinical, cancer, social care and NHS insight, helping to shape and improve services and support for young cancer patients, and their families. It will also enable greater opportunities for CLIC Sargent and CCLG to influence the health system and improve outcomes for children and young people with cancer.

CLIC Sargent has worked closely with CCLG for a number of years, providing outreach and community information resources for health professionals, teachers and families supporting children with cancer and jointly working on a number of projects in paediatric oncology, including a recently updated telephone triage toolkit.

Helen Gravestock, CLIC Sargent Associate Director of Policy, Influencing and Voice, said:

“This new way of working is a more strategic approach to gathering health and clinical insight.

“Nursing remains a key priority for the charity and the Chief Nurse role will continue to support CLIC Sargent by sitting within CCLG, enabling networking with a much wider group of nurses and health professionals and providing access to more cancer and healthcare insight. This will help us to better support children and young people with cancer as they navigate the healthcare system. It also offers another route for CLIC Sargent’s social care insights to help inform the healthcare system.

“The movement of this role to within CCLG is an exciting step forward in an enhanced collaborative way of working, and will allow us to continue to deliver specialist practical, emotional and financial support to young cancer patients and their families when they need it most.

“We very much look forward to working more closely with our colleagues at CCLG.”

Ashley Gamble, CCLG Chief Executive, said:

“This new collaboration feels like a natural next step in the already close working relationship between CCLG and CLIC Sargent, which has become even more important during the Coronavirus pandemic. Embedding the Chief Nurse role in our professional networks will help to further the objectives of both CCLG and CLIC Sargent, particularly around supporting professionals, and developing and improving services.

“Ultimately this new collaboration further brings together both charities’ complementary areas of expertise, to help ensure both CCLG and CLIC Sargent continue to deliver for young cancer patients and their families.”


Notes to editors

For more information, an interview or images, please contact Kelli Hooks at CLIC Sargent on 07511 871053 or email

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 12 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.

About Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group

Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) is a leading national charity and expert voice for all childhood cancers.

Each week in the UK and Ireland, more than 30 children are diagnosed with cancer. Our network of dedicated professional members work together in treatment, care and research to help shape a future where all children with cancer survive and live happy, healthy and independent lives.

We fund and support innovative, world-class research and collaborate, both nationally and internationally, to drive forward improvements in childhood cancer. Our award-winning information resources help lessen the anxiety, stress and loneliness commonly felt by families, giving support throughout the cancer journey.

For more information, visit



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