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Key workers ‘essential’ for cancer care

The role of the key worker for children with cancer has been much talked about over the years. Back in 2005, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended the post be used to co-ordinate care in recognition of the complexities involved for children, parents and professionals

The role of the key worker for children with cancer has been much talked about over the years. Back in 2005, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended the post be used to co-ordinate care in recognition of the complexities involved for children, parents and professionals.

But until now there has been little evidence of the role’s impact. This has changed thanks to a review led by London South Bank University.

The evaluation, which relied on surveys and in-depth interviews, focused on the work of 22 key worker posts in England, Scotland and Wales funded by the charity CLIC Sargent. It found many positive outcomes, including:

  • 70% of parents reporting an improved peace of mind.
  • 56% saying they were less stressed.
  • 87% of doctors, teachers and other nurses saying the role improved care co-ordination.
  • 81% of staff saying the experience of
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