CLIC Sargent wins top award for its work with young people with cancer

CLIC Sargent has won a prestigious award recognising its support of young people with cancer.

The charity was announced as the winner of the Excellence in Patient Focus award at the Pharmaceutical Market Excellence Awards (PMEA) 2014 at a ceremony on Wednesday November 12.

The award was for CLIC Sargent’s pilot scheme of Young People’s Community Workers, who provide support to young people with cancer within their own community. The pilot was introduced in 2011 after the charity identified a gap in support for the 16-to-24 age group. 

While CLIC Sargent Social Workers provide vital practical and emotional support for young people treated at specialist treatment centres, those treated in adult wards at their local hospitals were receiving little access to support to help them cope with their illness. 

Young People’s Community Workers meet young people with cancer in informal settings either at home or within the community and work with them to identify the challenges they face and tailor their support to help them overcome them. The pilot scheme was successfully evaluated in March 2013 and the service is now being expanded across the UK, along with other improvements in support for young people with cancer. 

CLIC Sargent Assistant Director of Services Andrew Cooper said: “This is a fantastic accolade for CLIC Sargent and we are delighted to have won this award. We would particularly like to recognise the 57 young people who actively participated in the evaluation of the scheme and helped guide our future strategy for supporting young people with cancer.

“The Young People’s Community Workers pilot was introduced as part of our Young People’s Programme, which recognises that 16 to 24-year-olds with cancer have specific support needs. Developing our services for young people is a key priority in the coming years.” 

In their comments, the PMEA judges said: “This well-executed programme is really making a difference to young people’s lives. By providing specific one-on-one support, helping young people navigate the demands of the system, this initiative gave them ownership of their own care. It is great to see that having been tested it is now being rolled out with further improvements.