Improving primary and secondary care for prostate cancer patients

Ross Matthews, Health and Social Care Professionals programme manager, Prostate Cancer UK, London, UK talks about Prostate Cancer Uk’s Health and Social Care Professionals Program, set up to fund new or innovative models of care for men with prostate cancer. Including new care pathways or better use of existing resources, this enables men to have access to best possible primary and secondary care.He discusses the numerous roles that have been funded, such as clinic nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and radiographers, who were involved in 44 projects across UK. A final evaluation has reported very positive findings: 94% of men involved felt improved experience of care, 97% of men involved felt they could better self-manage their condition, and 88% reported improvements in physical condition. He also discusses some of the initiatives healthcare professionals involved setting up including completely new services that previously were not prostate specific, information Seminars for men, allowing them to make informed decisions, living well days, providing information on diet, nutrition and physical condition, and both pre and post surgery rehabilitation sessions. Moving forward Prostate Cancer UK want to showcase what has worked well within the projects and what can be replicated across the board, reducing inequalities in prostate cancer care across the UK. Recorded at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), held in Brighton, UK.

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10th November 2016