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The Teenage Cancer Trust TYA Clinical Liaison Nurse Specialist role involves collaborative working with paediatric and site-specific teams and does not replace the role of the site-specific Clinical Nurse Specialist, but instead adds value and additional support to a complex group of patients with specialist needs that differ from those of paediatric or adult patients.

The Teenage Cancer Trust TYA Clinical Liaison Nurse Specialist works within a team of other expert TYA professionals including Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant, Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinators, CLIC Sargent social workers and James Brindley teachers. Patients can benefit from all of these additional TYA services when referred into our team.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (QEHB) is the Principal Treatment Centre for the West Midlands, home to the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Person’s Cancer Unit, where patients can receive both inpatient and outpatient treatment, and directly access the team of TYA specialists who offer an array of psycho-social support. We understand that patients may not always choose to receive their cancer treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and it may be the best option for them and their families to stay closer to home and be treated at their local TYA designated hospital instead.

Rosa Hooks is the new Teenage Cancer Trust TYA Clinical Liaison Nurse Specialist, based here at Worcester, outreaching from the QEHB and able to support TYAs with cancer across the Worcester and Hereford sites. Working closely with the TYA team at the principal treatment centre, Rosa can visit inpatients, attend outpatient appointments or even arrange to see patients in their own homes when appropriate. The role of the Teenage Cancer Trust TYA Clinical Liaison Nurse Specialist is to offer local, expert, age-appropriate care including emotional, psychological and social support to people aged 13-24 (up to their 25th birthday) from the point of cancer diagnosis, throughout treatment and up to 2 years post-treatment.

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Teenage and young adult patients aged 16-24 may need to come to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for their cancer treatment.

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