The Teenage Cancer Trust has announced the appointment of an experienced nurse, Dr Louise Soanes, as its director of services.
She is currently the Teenage Cancer Trust nurse consultant at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“I’m looking forward to working with the talented and committed teams in the charity”
She will replace the charity’s interim director of services, Tanya Curry, in the autumn.
The charity noted that, throughout her career, Dr Soanes had worked in a variety of clinical, academic and managerial roles.
She had “extensive experience” in teenage and young adult cancer care and a “detailed understanding” of the opportunities and challenges that charities face when delivering services in partnership with the NHS, it said.
It added that her appointment followed an open selection and recruitment process, which included an interview with young people who had experienced cancer and received support from the charity.
“I could not be more thrilled that we have been able to bring someone of Louise’s calibre to Teenage Cancer Trust”
Dr Soanes said: “The opportunity to join such a dynamic and high high-calibre organisation as Teenage Cancer Trust as the new director of services is enormously exciting.
“I’m looking forward to working with the talented and committed teams in the charity and across the NHS to deliver greater impact for young people and their families as they face cancer,” she said.
Commenting on the appointment, charity chief executive Kate Collins said: “I could not be more thrilled that we have been able to bring someone of Louise’s calibre to Teenage Cancer Trust.”
She said: “Her skill, enthusiasm and depth of clinical experience and leadership – as well as long-term commitment to the vision and purpose of the charity – shone through during the selection process.
“I am sure she will help us go from strength to strength, ensuring we can do everything possible for young people with cancer,” she added.
The appointment of Ms Soanes forms part of the charity’s ongoing ambitions to “extend its reach, with the aim of supporting every teenager and young adult with cancer”.
It highlighted that, every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13-24 were diagnosed with cancer.
The organisation provides care and support for young people to help them physically, mentally and emotionally during their cancer treatment and beyond.
Working in partnership with the NHS, the charity has also funded and built 28 specialist units in hospitals across the UK that are intended to “feel more like a home than a hospital ward”.
But it has also warned that the charity “simply does not have enough nurses” to provide every young person with cancer with the right access to care.
“Right now, it can only reach half of those who need them, so need support to fund more world-leading nursing care,” it said.