The results of a new evaluation show the huge impact our volunteers are having in improving the diagnosis and treatment of men, after more than two years of influential talks to clinical workers across the UK.

19 Aug 2015

Patient as Educators talk

Almost 2,000 health professionals have had their understanding of treating men with prostate cancer transformed thanks to the volunteers on our Patients as Educators programme. A recent evaluation of the scheme, which is funded by Movember, found 1,881 health professionals had been reached since it began in December 2012, with almost all attending saying it helped them better understand patients’ needs.

We currently train and support 31 volunteers to share their experiences of prostate cancer through presentations, talks and online learning – all of which have helped persuade health professionals to make real improvements to the way men are diagnosed and treated in hospitals up and down the country.

Following on from [the patient talk] we have now put in place a pathway for a cancer specialist nurse to be available to assist the consultants when a positive result is to be presented to the patient.

- Delegate at Prostate Cancer Conference, December 2014

“The positive feedback the programme has received so far is testament to the amazing volunteers we work with,” says Salma Khanche, our education officer. “The programme is going from strength to strength and we are really excited to expand and develop the project over the next three years.”

The recent evaluation found:

  • Our volunteers engaged in 99 educational activities up to March 2015, reaching 1,881 health professionals.
  • 99% of delegates attending educational events that included a patient session said the event increased their understanding of patient need.
  • The Patients as Educators programme is impactful and benefits men.

I get satisfaction out of explaining to healthcare professionals exactly what my journey is. Being able to inform people on what they might not pick up on otherwise is very valuable.

- Alan Fowler, Patients as Educators volunteer
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