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UKONS 2016 | How the ‘Love You to Death’ project has evolved and the future of this project

Caroline Wiltshire, Youth Support Coordinator of Weston Park Hospital Teenage Cancer Unit, Sheffield, UK discusses the next steps for the ‘Love You to Death” project. She explains that whilst they did expect the project to deliver some positive outcomes for the couples, they were surprised by how much of an effect it did have. The four young people that they specifically worked with initially have since passed away and since then the project has evolved. There is now a support program for bereaved young people who have lost their partners. Furthermore, the result of the project highlighted the need for a targeted sexual health intimacy education for these young people. She explains that therefore, not only do they now work with palliative patients on relationships and intimacy, they also work with all of their young people. She explains that this project has really changed subsequently and they are now working on education days for the wider trust and hopefully external to the trust too, just to highlight these issues and the importance of this work with young people.
Recorded at the 2016 Annual Conference of the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS), held in Brighton, UK.

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