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Nurses encouraged to apply for teen cancer care scholarships

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Places are now open for nurses to apply for 10 scholarships at Coventry University to learn about caring for teenagers with cancer.

The Stephen Sutton Scholarships are named after the inspirational young man who raised over £5m for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“This is part of our wider plan to significantly increase our provision of teenage cancer nursing”

Siobhan Dunn

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 15 and became an internet sensation last year, after posting a series of blogs and video diaries on his experiences. He was subsequently awarded an MBE for his fundraising efforts.

The scholarships were created as part of the charity’s plan to spend the money raised. It has committed to invest £1.2m to support vital research and to support healthcare professionals working in the field of teenage cancer care.

Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “This is part of our wider plan to significantly increase our provision of teenage cancer nursing and support staff in future years and these courses will build the crucial foundations for this recruitment.”

The scholarships will cover tuition fees for up to 10 health or social care professionals to complete a postgraduate certificate in teenage and young adult cancer care in 2015 at Coventry University.

They are the first 10 of 50 scholarships that will be made available over the next five years to support the development of best practice in teenage and young adult cancer care.

Students will learn about adolescent development, types of teenage and young adult cancers, legal, ethical and service delivery aspects, assessment of care needs, responses to life changing experience and communication with patients and their families.

The course, which starts at the end of September, will be delivered completely online. The closing date for applications is 1 July 2015.

Applications are encouraged from anyone working with teenagers and young adults with cancer, including nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.


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