Project information

Funding Shared Care Facilities for Teenagers

The project aims to provide facilities within a hospital suitable for teenagers to be treated for cancer where they will receive expert care and treatment in an environment suitable for them and their family. A young person's life must not stop because they have cancer!

3 months

Charity information: The Tom Bowdidge Foundation

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  • Need


    Teenagers are neither adults nor children and yet these are the only options they are given when admitted onto a ward for their treatment. They need to be alongside their peers in an environment that still treats them as teenagers. Whilst there are a number of specialist units around the country that offer these facilities, if teenagers need treatment locally they are either admitted onto a child or adult ward which often delays their recovery as they feel uncomfortable and isolated.


    We are equipping rooms in outpatient and inpatient departments where teenagers can be treated in their own room, suitably decorated with the addition of Smart TV's and tablets. These allow them to keep in touch with the outside world and their friends. We also provide a bed for a relative to stay by the teenagers side as they often feel vulnerable at this time. Teenagers require expert support and care so we offer to fund training for Teenage and Young Adults Specialist nurses if required.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide appropriate environment for teenagers being treated for cancer on an outpatient ward.


    » Equip and suitably decorate a room or designated area that can give the teenager privacy if required.

    What success will look like

    The opening of the room or area designated on the outpatients ward for the teenagers.

    Aim 2

    To provide appropriate environment for teenagers being treated for cancer on an inpatient ward.


    » Equip and suitably decorate a room and ensuite for a teenager with cancer. This will include a foldaway bed for a relative and a smart TV.

    What success will look like

    The opening of the room on an inpatient ward fully equipped and decorated.

    Aim 3

    To fund the training of Teenage and Young Adult Specialist nurses where needed.


    » Work with the Lead Specialist Nurse to identify suitable candidates for training so that appropriate care can be given.

    What success will look like

    Each hospital we work with will have a team of specialist nurses able to treat and care teenagers with cancer.

  • Impact


    Young people being treated for cancer will have access to more specialist units where they can be a teenager first and a cancer patient second. Their life must not stop and this will allow them to be in an environment slightly less alien and frightening. Whilst they may still visit larger units for their main treatment, visits to their local hospital will be more in keeping with what they will have been used to, thus taking some of the stress away from them and their families.


    The main risk will be that the hospital does not identify a suitable facility. In the event of this happening we would try to find another hospital close by that is prepared to create the area needed whether it be inpatient or outpatient.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600 Smart tv Fitting a Smart TV into the room and tablet
      £4,500 treatment chair Suitable chair for giving chemotherapy or other treatment on outpatient ward
      £5,900 Room Design and decoration of the room using decal and other branding
      £1,000 Training Traing for the nursing staff
  • Background


    The project will take place in East Anglia. Teenagers with cancer are either given their main treatment at Addenbrookes in Cambridge or UCLH in London, however they are linked to their local hospital for emergency treatment, blood tests and transfusions and life threatening infections. Cancer affects teenagers of all backgrounds and is extremely aggressive with a poor prognosis for many. On average 7 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the UK.


    Teenagers and young adults with cancer and their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our son, after whom this charity is named, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18. It was his wish to create a charity that would deal with the challenges he came across whilst he was being treated. The teenage cancer ward in UCLH, London was amazing but when being treated in our local, shared care hospital the experience was the complete opposite and caused him a great deal of distress. This experience empowers us to create the environment needed to prevent this from happening to others.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nikki Bowdidge

    Project manager on behalf of the Tom Bowdidge Foundation

    Gillian Read

    Teenage and Young Adult Specialist Nurse at Colchester General Hospital with links to Ipswich and Broomfield Hospitals.

    Victoria Boulton

    Lead designer and project manager for Grosvenor Interiors