Posted on Thursday 25 May 2023
Young Lives vs Cancer Welcomes NHS England’s Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service Specifications
Young Lives vs Cancer welcomes the publication of the service specifications for Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Services by NHS England today (25th May).
NHS England publishes service specifications to set out the expected standard of care for NHS organisations who provide specialised care, including specialised cancer care for children, teenagers and young adults. To develop them, NHS England work with clinicians, patient and public voice representatives and commissioners.
The specifications for Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Services were first released for consultation in August 2019, with recommendations for proposed changes which aim to improve the outcomes and experience of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
In response to the publication, Rachel Kirby-Rider, Chief Executive of Young Lives vs Cancer said:
“We are pleased to see the specifications for these vital services for teenagers and young adults published by NHS England today. The specifications set out clear national standards and expectations to ensure that no matter where in the country they are, teenagers and young adults get the age-appropriate care they need. We look forward to continuing to work with the NHS to deliver these commitments.
It’s important that the charity sector and NHS work collaboratively together so we can continue to drive improvements that meet the needs of children, teenagers and young adults with cancer.”
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