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Project information

Teenage and Young Adult Unit

We are building a new comprehensive specialist cancer hospital in the centre of Liverpool, and want to include a dedicated area for teenagers and young adults (16 to 24), consisting of 8 single en-suite beds in private rooms and flexible social space, providing an area for communal activities.

December 2016 - November 2019

Charity information: The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

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  • Need


    A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, bringing unique challenges for both the young person with cancer and their relatives. Young people need facilities and support appropriate for their age group; they might never meet another person with cancer their own age, and can feel frightened and alone. Having treatment can mean they miss out on the normal things young people do – socialising with friends, playing sports and having fun.


    The project will enable young people to be treated on a purpose built ward so they can benefit from being in an environment where they have contact with other young people and relatives going through a similar experience. The project will allow us to care for this age group in surroundings more conducive to their specific needs, while giving them the valuable opportunity to share their experiences with people of a similar age and gain enhanced peer support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Develop a dedicated Teenage and Young Adult Unit that is fit for purpose


    » Design the Unit in partnership with our younger patients
    » Provide facilities such as en-suite bathroom, television, DVD/CD players and pull down beds that allow loved ones to stay overnight
    » Include flexible social space to provide an area for communal activities and peer to peer support

    What success will look like

    Developed a dedicated Teenage and Young Adult Unit that has been created with the views of the young people.

    Aim 2

    Ensure that all TYAs diagnosed with cancer get access to age appropriate support


    » Deliver the best possible quality care so that the young person is treated as a young person first and cancer patient second
    » Offer access to specialist staff, physical environments and support networks
    » Provide a highly skilled team including lead nurse and youth support co-ordinator

    What success will look like

    Positive feedback from patients, families and staff, as well as an appropriate support infrastructure in place.

    Aim 3

    Provide access to peer support networks


    » Provide communal space for activities such as movie nights and playing computer games
    » Facilitate a monthly peer support group for young people with activities ranging from go-karting to pizza nights
    » Invite young people up to two years after completing treatment to ensure social friendships continue to develop

    What success will look like

    Social setting for young people to mix and monthly peer support group activities delivered.

  • Impact


    The Unit will form part of our Transforming Cancer Care (new hospital) project, which will transform the way we deliver cancer services. Our experience at Clatterbridge has shown that young people treated on a purpose built ward show better response rates to treatment than other young people treated on a standard ward. Success of the Unit will be demonstrated through patient and staff feedback, as well as improved patient quality of life and continued learning throughout the cancer sector.


    Inability to raise the total funds required for the project – The project is part of our wider £15m New Cancer Hospital Appeal (raised £5.7m to date). Approaches will be made to community/corporate partners, as well as various trusts/foundations.

    Unsuitable Unit – The design of the Unit will be developed with the help of our younger patients who can articulate from a different perspective what would improve their experience, which will ensure that it is modern and attractive in style.


    We work closely with all our donors to update them on progress, for example written reports, exclusive visits to Clatterbridge, meetings with our clinicians to learn about the Unit and the services and activities offered, as well as a behind the scenes tour of the new hospital.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Teenage and Young Adult Unit Contribution towards the total cost of a Teenage and Young Adult Unit in the new hospital.
  • Background


    The hospital will be an expansion of our services into the centre of Liverpool, putting us at the heart of the population we serve. 63% of our patients live closer to the new Liverpool site than our current Wirral site.

    Cancer touches all of us at some point with one in two expected to develop the disease over our lifetime. You are 20% more likely to die of cancer if you live in Merseyside/Cheshire compared to the rest of the UK, with it being the number one cause of death in the region.


    Our younger patients will directly benefit from being treated on a purpose built ward, receiving support from dedicated and highly skilled staff, pastoral and psychological care, which is extended to relatives and also holistic care programmes, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. Patients’ family members/loved ones will indirectly benefit, with reduced anxiety and improved mental well-being, safe in the knowledge that they are receiving treatment that could improve their quality of life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a UK leader in the delivery of cancer care and making huge progress in the fight against cancer, leading the way in transforming cancer services across Merseyside and Cheshire. We currently have a four bed Teenage and Young Adult unit at our Wirral site, which was opened in 2010 and is providing a vital facility for patients aged 16 to 24 years. We have the expertise and experience to help provide the best possible support to young cancer patients from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Elder – Lead Nurse For Teenage And Young Adults

    Responsible for ensuring high quality of care is given to our younger cancer patients.

    Fiona Jones – Project Director

    Responsible for ensuring that the Teenage and Young Adult Unit will be fit for purpose.

Let's Transform Cancer Care - The Clatterbridge Family