Access to specialist nurses
We believe that every man with prostate cancer should have access to the expertise of named nurse specialists throughout their treatment and care journey, and in relation to their specific needs.
There is strong evidence that demonstrates the allocation of a dedicated urology key worker has a positive impact on patient experience and outcomes, yet the numbers of cancer specialist nurse posts are not proportional to disease incidence. There is an increasing need for more nurses; the current provision is insufficient and access across the UK varies dramatically.
Our Change Delivery team are leading on our work to address these issues in variation and inequity in access. We will work with key policy and decision makers across the UK to ensure a sustainable approach to prostate cancer care management is implemented, and to meet the urology CNS workforce gaps in relation to the increased incidence and prevalence of the disease. This work will include:
- Ensuring men do not experience poor outcomes due to shortage of specialist support by identifying and addressing geographical variations.
- Influencing strategic staff planning across the four nations of the UK, to ensure that there is capacity for all men with prostate cancer to be supported by a named “key worker,” at the point of diagnosis and continuing throughout their treatment journey into survivorship.
- Mainstreaming nurse education with access for all levels of staff and implementing new models of working to address workforce planning and succession issues both regionally and nationally.