The Prostate Cancer Nurse Service has been a successful and popular service. It won the Wirral Community NHS Trust 'Patient at the Heart' award, and there was strong community support for the service.
Using the HNA as a tool, the service has identified the issues that men were most concerned by such as continence and erectile dysfunction. This has ensured men have timely support, advice, referrals and were signposted to relevant services.
The clinics were run in the community which helped in providing care closer to home.
80% of men surveyed felt that the support from the nursing team improved their quality of life and 100% of men surveyed had a very good experience of the service.
Five Living Well with Prostate Cancer Survivorship Courses in partnership with Maggie's Merseyside and Livewell services were run. The pilot course was evaluated and 70% of men felt more in control of physical symptoms and 100% were satisfied with amount of support and encouragement received on programme.
A business case has been submitted and Wirral Community Trust is reviewing options.