Meet the team
North West London Hospital Trust covers a large area with several acute settings across three London boroughs (Harrow, Brent and Ealing); this means that patients often have complex care pathways with care being provided at more than one site.
The urology service is delivered by a large multidisciplinary team comprising of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and specialist nurses. Around 70% of the cancers treated by this team are prostate cancers. The team’s resources are stretched, largely as a result of the number of new diagnoses as well as continually managing men with a relatively stable condition from the secondary care setting.
The Prostate Cancer UK Nursing Workforce Survey 2014 found that the workforce is ageing and nurses caring for patients with prostate cancer are no exception. 49% (140) of nurses declared that they are eligible for retirement or intending to leave the profession within the next 10 years.
It is important that we look at models which support training posts.