NHS England Excellence in Participation Award
The success of CLIC Sargent’s Young People’s Community Worker pilot was celebrated at the first NHS England Excellence in Participation awards, which took place on 3 March. The awards highlight the outstanding contributions of people and organisations who are improving health and care services across the country.
CLIC Sargent’s Young People’s Community Worker pilot was shortlisted in a very competitive field for the ‘Achieving insight and feedback’ award. The pilot was ‘highly commended’ and came a fantastic second out of hundreds of projects which had been considered for the award.
The award was given to CLIC Sargent for adopting innovative approaches and ways of working in partnership with participants in the pilot. An independent evaluation, published in September 2013, found that the Young People’s Community Worker (YPCW) model has the potential to transform the support available to 16 to 24-year-olds with cancer in the UK.
CLIC Sargent YPCWs provide practical and emotional support to young people, helping them cope with the emotional impact of cancer, social isolation and education, employment and training issues. They focus their work away from the hospital, supporting young people in more informal settings out in the community.
Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care
There was further good news when the Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Service at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) was given the Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care in the same week. The award recognises the fantastic difference the team has made to patient care.
CLIC Sargent’s social work professionals play a vital role in the TYA Service, which provides age-appropriate care to 16 to 24 year olds with cancer from across the west Midlands, alongside staff from UHB and the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
The awards were set up by NHS England in honour of Dr Kate Granger, who is an award-winning blogger, NHS doctor and terminally ill cancer patient.
Kate Benson, CLIC Sargent Social Work Team Leader, said: “We’re thrilled that the TYA Service has won this award. CLIC Sargent is proud to be part of an outstanding service which supports teenagers and young people with cancer in the specific challenges they face.
“This award is proof that by working together to provide integrated support the needs of teenagers and young people can be met.”