Healthcare Writing

Colleen Shannon, Freelance Medical Writer

Young people

Cancer services guide

When a child or young person has cancer, there is suddenly a bewildering new world to navigate. These guides help young people and their families understand what they can expect from NHS cancer services. The parent's guide to children's services was a joint effort by CLIC Sargent and NHS England. The Teenage Cancer Trust was another partner in this version for teenagers and young adults.

Children and young people

Working with a children's author and a panel of experts, I helped the Patient Information Forum research and update their guide, Producing health information for children and young people. It includes tips on involvement and engagement, and working with clinicians, families, communities and schools. Case studies show excellent projects in the voluntary sector and the NHS. The update also covers the promise - and perils - of social media and digital technology. Have a look at the presentation of this work, at PiF's national workshop.

Young people and cancer

This guide from Clic Sargent gives the basics about cancer, treatment and its side effects, for young people aged 16 to 24. It was extensively updated with the invaluable help of cancer experts, and teenagers and young adults who have experienced cancer themselves. I also researched and co-authored Clic Sargent's website information on relationships and sex (highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2016), and cancer and fertility. All of this work conforms with the NHS England Information Standard for user involvement, referencing and peer review.