A scoping exercise of favourable characteristics of professionals working in teenage and young adult cancer care: ‘thinking outside of the box’

Authors

  • F. GIBSON PHD, MSC, RGN, RSCN, CERT ED, RNT, FRCN, CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE's CANCER CARE,

    Corresponding author
    1. Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, London, and Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London
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  • L. FERN PHD, MSC, BSC, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR,

    1. National Cancer Research Institute's Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Studies Group (NCRI TYA CSG), Department of Oncology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
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  • J. WHELAN MD, FRCP, MBBS, CONSULTANT MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST,

    1. Department of Oncology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
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  • S. PEARCE MSC, BSC, RN, HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCHER,

    1. Department of Oncology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
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  • I.J. LEWIS MB, CHB, FRCPCH, MEDICAL DIRECTOR,

    1. Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
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  • D. HOBIN BSC, MRCP, MRCPCH, PAEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST,

    1. Oncology Department, Birmingham Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
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  • R.M. TAYLOR PHD, MSC, DIP RES, RGN, RSCN, SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

    1. Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London, and Cancer Institute, University College London, London, UK
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  • This study was funded by Teenage Cancer Trust and was undertaken at UCLH/UCL who received a proportion of funding from the Department of Health's NIHR Biomedical Research Centres funding scheme.

  • This study was presented as an oral presentation at the 2010 Teenager and Young Adult with Cancer (TYAC) Winter Education Day, Bristol, UK.

Professor Faith Gibson, Department of Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK (e-mail: faith.gibson@gosh.nhs.uk).

Abstract

GIBSON F., FERN L., WHELAN J., PEARCE S., LEWIS I.J., HOBIN D. & TAYLOR R.M. (2012) European Journal of Cancer Care21, 330–339

A scoping exercise of favourable characteristics of professionals working in teenage and young adult cancer care: ‘thinking outside of the box’

A scoping exercise to define the preferred competencies of professionals involved in teenage and young adult (TYA) cancer care. Data were generated during two workshops with health professionals. In groups, they ranked skills, knowledge and attitudes, previously identified through a literature search, onto a diamond template. Data were also used from an education day with TYA professionals, who generated lists of key skills, knowledge and attitudes. Individually, professionals then selected the top five areas of competence to care for young people with cancer. The workshops generated three diamonds, which exhibited agreement of 13 principle skills, knowledge and attitudes. The top two being: ‘expertise in treating paediatric and adult cancers’ and ‘understanding cancer’. The data from the education day suggested communication, technical knowledge and teamwork as being core role features for professionals who care for young people with cancer. Integration of both datasets; one derived inductively, the other deductively provides a comprehensive outline of core skills health professionals require to be proficient in young people's cancer care. These results will form the basis of future discussion around workforce strategies and inform a Delphi survey.

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