BRIGHTLIGHT is the overarching name for a collection of research projects designed to answer a single question: Do specialist services for teenagers and young adults add value? The original five studies were funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through their Programme Grant for Applied Research funding stream (grant reference RP-PG-1209-10013). These focus on:

The environments in which care is delivered

The competencies of healthcare professionals delivering care

Young people’s experience of care

The cost of care (to the NHS but also to young people and their families)

Developing a metric to quantify specialist care


The BRIGHTLIGHT Collaboration originally involved clinicians and researchers from London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Southampton, but we are now collaborating with TYA teams across the UK. If you are interested in being involved in our work or collaborating with us, please get in touch

BRIGHTLIGHT is supported by the National Cancer Research Institute Teenage and Young Adult and Germ Cell Clinical Studies Group (NCRI TYA/GC CSG). The BRIGHTLIGHT Office is based at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Central to the BRIGHTLIGHT Collaboration is the involvement of young people:

BRIGHTLIGHT was developed by young people for young people


The Young person’s Advisory Panel (YAP) includes young people who have a previous diagnosis of cancer. Some have been involved from the beginning when the project was being developed and some have joined as it has progressed. They play an essential role in advising project coordinators on all aspects of study management. In the future BRIGHTLIGHT will expand to include other projects developed directly from the results of these five studies.  Young people will continue to be integral in the development and management of this work to ensure our ultimate aim is achieved:

To make living with cancer more bearable for young people and to ensure they are able to do the things they wanted to do before they had cancer 

©2022 This website presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (Grant Reference Number RP-PG-1209-10013). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
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