Finding out what works
A Prostate Cancer UK funded project was developed to facilitate collaborative working within the Birmingham area addressing identified gaps in services, which include comprehensive support and care pathways for diagnosed prostate cancer patients in the community.
The initiative was developed with key members of the Black and African Caribbean community through the Benjamin’s Brothers project at John Taylor Hospice, a concept set up with the local community, including religious and community leaders, carers and prostate cancer survivors.
Clinical support is being set up from consultant oncologists from University Hospitals Birmingham, as well as a variety of professionals across Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
One of the initiatives of this service provides men and their families with a point of contact within this setting, offering advice and support via community clinics, telephone follow-up or home visits.
There is a high black & minority ethnic (BME) population in this area. As statistics show that black men have a higher risk of getting prostate cancer than men of other ethnicities (Prostate Cancer UK, 2013), it’s really important that this demographic know about this project and are able to access support and advice.
The role can signpost them to the appropriate services and act as a liaison between the multidisciplinary team across secondary, tertiary and primary care settings with an aim of early re-referral and treatment where required.