The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Young Person's Key Worker

anokh 1Anokh Goodman is the young persons key worker, and provides appropriate support for young people who have a liver condition.

Who can I support?

I can provide emotional and practical support for young people (aged 12-25) who have a liver condition and attend the Leeds Teaching Hospitals as an inpatient or outpatient. I work across both sites, the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and St James’s Hospital.

What do I do?

I work regularly with young people who have a liver condition, such as someone who has had a liver transplant. I have an understanding of how managing your health condition can impact on many other aspects of your life. I therefore have some insight of the impact it can have on your mental health, emotional wellbeing, confidence, family relationships, independence and life aspirations. I can offer a broad and flexible service and have the ability to meet outside of the Hospital environment.

What you can expect

  • To be treated with respect
  • Your views and opinions to be heard
  • Confidential Support
  • To be spoken to in a clear, honest and non-judgemental way

Examples of the support I can offer

  • 1-1 Support — Confidential support around any issues that you may be concerned about such as medication side-effects, mood and anxiety, confidence building, support attending outpatient appointments, accessing peer support.
  • Transition — Transition is what we call the process of a young person moving from the Children’s to the Adult Hospital. From the age of 12 years old you will start to attend the adolescent clinic to start working on building your skills and confidence around managing your health condition. This will be done with lots of support to ensure you feel confident before moving to the adult hospital. When you are 16 years old you will then  join the young adults clinic where you will again be with young people of a similar age. I work across both the children’s and adult service so can help you get to know the teams and them to know you.
  • Advocacy — I can support you to ensure your voice is heard and you are aware and involved in decisions which affect you. I can offer a link between you and the Hospital to aid communication
  • Liaison with other agencies — such as housing, schools and health professionals.
  • Practical support — Access college, voluntary or work opportunities.
  • Emotional Support —just being available when you need to talk.
  • Signposting — Helping you to find appropriate help in your local area, such as counselling services.
  • Confidential Support — Ensuring our dialogue is confidential and explaining what this means.