Monday 22nd September 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2014
Macmillan has produced A Competence Framework for Nurses: Caring for Patients Living With and Beyond Cancer
The framework is the first of its kind in the UK, identifying core domains of care for adult patients living with and beyond cancer. These domains include nursing practice, care coordination, psychosocial well-being and supported self-management.
The cancer population is increasing and so are survivorship rates. Macmillan estimates that 500,000 people in the UK are currently living with poor health or disability as a result of their cancer and its treatment.
Late effects of cancer therapy are increasingly important as treatments may result in complex adverse effects many months to years later. Macmillan recognises it is vital that the workforce is equipped with the skills and confidence to meet the care needs of people living with and beyond cancer.
Macmillan commissioned a workforce study looking at the perceived skills and confidence of nurses in managing patients living with and beyond cancer. An online survey was completed by 618 nurses working with cancer patients in both oncology and community care. Areas where nurses told us they felt less confident were:
- reviewing medications
- providing complex symptom management
- care planning
- recognition of symptoms associated with late effects.
The gaps in skills and knowledge identified in the study helped to inform the content for this important framework, developed by the Macmillan Consequences of Cancer and its Treatment (CCaT) Community of Influence, and endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing and the UK Oncology Nursing Society.
We hope that this document will encourage nurses working in any healthcare setting, at any level, to acquire new skills and to embrace innovative ways of managing cancer as a long-term condition. It can also be a useful tool for supporting job descriptions, assessing clinical competence, developing personal goals and performance appraisal.
This document is now available to download or order at be.macmillan.org.uk (order code: MAC14735).
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