Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Men often present late with prostate cancer because they dislike medical settings – so the Macmillan Inspire Health Urology Team decided to bring their service to them. The team, consisting of Macmillan Consultant Urological Surgeon Jyoti Shah and Macmillan Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioner Sarah Minns, began a campaign to offer men screenings and advice in the familiar surroundings of Burton Albion Football Club. Since then, they have taken their clinic to other football clubs, masonic lodges and community centres to get into the heart of the community.
Not only did this innovative initiative result in several early diagnoses of prostate cancer, but it also promoted cancer awareness locally. Alongside the clinic, the pair have set up a prostate cancer support group and developed fightingprostatecancer.co.uk – a website full of information for people living with prostate cancer.
‘Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in this country,’ says Jyoti. ‘People still die of it and they shouldn’t, so we want to go out there and raise awareness – and our clinics have got people talking. I find the groundswell of demand incredibly rewarding, and we’re always delighted to share our learning with other people who would like to set up similar initiatives. As long as we’ve got breath and energy, we’ll be doing more of these clinics and carrying on our campaign.’
If you have any questions about the team’s work please email Ofrah Muflahi, Partnership Quality Lead.