A social worker and a young people’s community worker from Clic Sargent have joined the cancer services team at Peterborough City Hospital. The two posts are funded by the charity.
The pair will provide practical, financial and emotional support to 16 to 24-year-olds who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Young people’s community worker Alex Coward, said: “We are already working with patients, giving them advice about employment and education as well as emotional and financial support. We work alongside patients to develop a plan that meets their individual needs at a pace that suits them.”
Social worker Sam Dobbins said: “We are building relationships with the hospital’s doctors, nurses and supporting health care professionals, so we can give the reassurance and assistance that young people need, when faced with the diagnosis of cancer.”
Dr Kanchan Rege is clinical director for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s cancer and diagnostics clinical directorate. He said: “A cancer diagnosis can be particularly difficult for our young patients to come to terms with, but with the support from their social worker and community worker, they can get the tools they need to work towards their career aspirations or employment choices, whilst receiving their treatment.”