16 September 2015

A member of Northamptonshire’s Hospital and Outreach Education team has won a national award for her work on an information pack about the impact of cancer on children’s learning.

Christine collecting her award

Christine Woods, leader of hospital learning for Northamptonshire County Council’s Hospital and Outreach Education, was awarded the top prize for innovation in the British Medical Association Patient Information Awards 2015 on September 7th.

It recognised Christine’s contribution to the schools information pack Cancer and School Life, created by the charity CLIC Sargent.

Support for classmates

The pack is given to schools where a pupil has cancer so that teachers can help classmates understand their friend’s illness.

The booklet was praised by the judges for providing good information for teachers on how to cater lessons to young cancer patients’ needs and for offering helpful advice on answering children’s questions about the disease.

Christine, who received the award alongside Cassie Davis, information manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “I’m really thrilled that our pack has been given such a prestigious award by the BMA, but for me it’s just as important that I can see that this pack is already being used very effectively by schools to support young people.”

Pupil referral unit

Run by Northamptonshire County Council, Hospital and Outreach Education is a pupil referral unit which offers teaching support for children and young people with complex medical and mental health needs which prevent them from attending school full-time.

The service caters for children and teenagers aged four to 18 and pupils are taught in six centres – two based at hospitals, two in-patient child and adolescent mental health units and two outreach centres – as well as in homes and schools.

Earlier this year, the team was shortlisted for a TES Schools Award in the Alternative Provision of the Year category, which recognises excellent work by schools for students taught in special schools or in pupil referral units.