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Paediatric Oncology Consultants

Paediatric Oncology Consultants

Nomination:
Paediatric Oncology Consultants

Sarah and Laura have under their own steam, for the best part of a decade, advocated for dying and life restricted children in Staffordshire. Their diligence and dedication (bringing the rest of the paediatric oncology team with them) has directly delivered exemplary care with little or indeed initially no resource. They are paediatric oncologists so naturally extended their expertise to those of their own patients who were end of life but they represented only a small percentage of life limited children. Working closely with Donna Louise they invested their care and compassion into improving the service and extending it to those in need without cancer. They have highlighted the disparity between children in extremis and adults whose provision was far better and are currently driving a much needed cross organisation package to better serve these families. They have been voices for children and families at the very worst point of their lives.

I can't think of a team that more embody our trust values. They have changed the care of dying children beyond recognition and manage children at home, visiting themselves when before patients often had to come into hospital to get the treatment they needed at the end. Their daily workload is heavy but their passion for such an important service overrides their lack of time. I have seen great personal sacrifice and never heard them complain. Ultimately I know they will campaign on for parity at this the most very difficult time for families whether they are paid for their time or not - that's the kind of professionals they are and how they now serve regardless of condition to get it as bearable as it can be. This is surely an opportunity to reward that compassion.

Nominated by:

Melissa Hubbard, Consultant