18 December 2015
Helen Jowett runs the Living with and Beyond Cancer Programme
Queen’s Hospital in Burton is helping cancer patients to live well with their illness – and following treatment – thanks to two innovative projects being funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
One of the projects is a Holistic Needs Assessment (E-HNA), which was jointly developed by the charity and the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI), while the other is a Living with and Beyond Cancer programme.
The two projects are being run side by side in order to assist people who experience cancer cope better with their illness and the impact on their lives.
The e-HNA, which is about to be launched, gives participants the opportunity to complete a questionaire on a tablet screen. This identifies any issues and worries they have and reviews how they are coping with their illness and results in a care plan which is available to clinical team members to ensure care is joined up and improved.
Complementing the e-HNA is the Living with and Beyond Cancer programme - a two-year funded project, being run by cancer nurse specialist Helen Jowett. Helen will work with patients and clinicians to discover what information and support they need besides their treatment and identify where that may be available.
Helen said: 'We will be running workshop-type events so that we can tap into suitable services, for example, healthy living, complementary therapies and financial advice, then will also be signposting people to existing services, such as psychological support offered in the hospital and a colour matching scheme which is run by a former patient.'
Cancer Nurse Manager for Queen’s Hospital, Kerry Pape, added: 'For anyone who has completed their treatment, these projects are about helping them to move on, while for those who are undergoing treatment, it is to help them cope with, not just the illness, but other parts of their lives that are affected by them having cancer.'
Associate Macmillan Development Manager, Dorinda Palmer, commented: 'The number of people with cancer is set to double by 2030 to four million, so action is needed now. These two projects should make a massive difference to a patient’s experience overall and could help improve outcomes by identifying difficulties and seeking to settle issues as quickly as possible.'