15 May 2015
2015 Nursing Standard Awards in London
One of Macmillan’s flagship service improvement programmes, designed to improve aftercare for cancer patients in Northern Ireland, won a top accolade at the recent Nursing Standard Awards in London.
The Northern Ireland Transforming Cancer Follow up (TCFU) team was presented with the Cancer Nursing Award 2015 at a special ceremony at the Savoy on Friday 1 May. The TCFU team’s success is a result of the Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency and all five health trusts working in conjunction with Macmillan.
Transforming Cancer Follow up means redesigning the traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ aftercare appointment system for people with breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.
The majority of newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients (58%) now receive individually-tailored, or ‘personalised’ care as a result of Macmillan’s Recovery Package.
Patients have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). They are advised of the signs and symptoms to look out for and know they can contact their CNS, should any problem arise. If necessary, a hospital appointment is scheduled without delay.
Waiting times for traditional review appointments have been reduced. Clinical teams have more time to focus on patients with more complex needs. And overall patient experience has improved.
The role of the CNS is key to the success of Transforming Cancer Follow up – one of the reasons the TCFU team of nurses impressed the judges of this year’s Nursing Standard Awards.
Read more and watch a video about their work.