Role of specialist liaison nurses in caring for young adults
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Role of specialist liaison nurses in caring for young adults

Carole Farrell Nurse and allied health professions research fellow, School of Oncology, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Kate Law Teenager and young adult specialist liaison nurse, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Carole Farrell and Kate Law explore how to meet the needs of this patient group as they cope with cancer at a crucial stage in their development

As the needs of teenagers and young adults (TYAs) with cancer are complex and different to those of children and adults it is crucial to have age-appropriate specialist care. Although there have been tremendous developments in this area by organisations such as the Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent and Macmillan, further improvements are needed in care transitions and pathways. The success of local and national service innovations stems from the involvement of TYAs working in partnership with health professionals to ensure that care is age appropriate and their needs are met. Specialist liaison nurses are valuable in providing continuity of care across health settings at all stages of cancer, including end of life.

This article provides insight into clinical services for TYAs with cancer, focusing on the role of specialist liaison nurses, and discusses the implications for patients, their families and health professionals.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 14, 9,14-19. doi: 10.7748/cnp.14.9.14.s18

Correspondence

carole.farrell@christie.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 June 2015

Accepted: 01 October 2015