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We are looking for volunteers who have ongoing or past experience of their own or a partner’s serious illness such as cancer, heart or lung disease. During the time of the illness you must have or have had at least one important relationship with a child under the age of 18 (e.g. as a parent, grandparent, auntie or uncle). You are invited to take part in an online workshop with 6 to 8 other adults who have had similar experiences. The session would take about 2-3 hours of your time. You would be asked to talk about what you think patients and their partners need from the healthcare team in order to support children through an adult’s illness.

Studies have found that adult patients want help from their healthcare team to think about talking to children, but that this support is not always easy to access. Other studies have found that healthcare staff would like more training to better support their patients around talking with children. This is important because research has found that effective communication in families can promote families’ psychological wellbeing when an adult is seriously ill. This project is developing a training resource for healthcare staff to help them support their patients with these family-centred conversations.

If you are interested and would like more information about the study and what taking part would involve, please contact Dr Louise Dalton at the Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford on 01865 618271 or
Ethics Approval Reference: R74959/RE001



We are looking for

We are looking for volunteers (aged over 18 years) who have experience of serious illness and have children within their family network