Making it happen
The pathway was set up so men could access support in face to face appointments, education events, courses and in dedicated functional clinics. This ensured that the service was adaptable to the individual needs of the patient.
Holistic Needs Assessments were an integral part of the programme and facilitated patient centred care. This ensured there was an assessment of needs, action planning and signposting to appropriate services, thereby empowering men to self-manage.
Holistic Needs Assessments also serve to inform the team of patient experiences and outcomes and provided a basis to help facilitate effective communication between primary, secondary and tertiary care. It highlighted when men had accessed health and wellbeing initiatives such as exercise programmes or psychosexual therapy.
The educational side of the programme was provided in two main forms. A six week ‘Living with and beyond’ course, 14 men were invited to each course. The course was designed specifically to tackle the most common issues reported by men such as erectile dysfunction and fatigue. Two main topics were discussed each week.
An alternative, condensed evening event was available to accommodate those who could not attend weekly sessions.