Celebrating one year of supporting families at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

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Yesterday we hosted a celebration event to mark a year of our service at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – where we fund three clinical psychologists. Our clinical psychologists support families across the North West where a child has been diagnosed with a brain or central nervous system tumour. The event brought together the clinical team, members of our team, and families who have benefitted from the service in the last year.

The Tom’s Trust service at Alder Hey was launched in 2023. There are approximately 43 children and young people diagnosed with brain and spinal tumours at Alder Hey each year. Before this Tom’s Trust service opened the average wait for psychological support for a family facing a child’s brain tumour diagnosis was six months, initially this was reduced to just two weeks.

Dr Meghan Owens, Tom’s Trust Clinical Psychologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, said: “The work of Tom’s Trust makes a huge difference. With their support we can be responsive and screen all our new families within two weeks, so they all have a point of contact with our team. We work with families at all different stages; some may be at the point of diagnosis, some will be struggling with the impact of treatment, and some will be facing challenges getting back to school and daily life. We can now also offer sibling support; we couldn’t do that without Tom’s Trust funding.

“A cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the child, it is everyone around the child – family, school, extended family, friends. If you are left to navigate this alone, outcomes for families would be very different. If a parent is struggling, they are not at full capacity to support their child. The families whose children who go on to reintegrate well into school and homelife are the ones who will have had good support from the whole oncology team. We believe in prevention rather than cure (wellbeing specific).”

Rebecca Wood, Tom’s Trust CEO, said: “We are delighted to have been able to mark one year of our service at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with this event. We are so proud to be able to help families living with a devastating brain tumour diagnosis in the North West. Our highly specialised team has had a positive impact on the families who so desperately need this vital support, and our funding has allowed for families to be reached much quicker. We are now preparing to open a fourth service and planning for a fifth and sixth across the UK, allowing even more families to access our support.”

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