National Thyroid Cancer Nurse Specialists: A Solution to Postcode Healthcare?

Summary

The project aims to address and eliminate inequality in access to thyroid cancer information and thyroid cancer-specific cancer nurse specialist (CNS) support, regardless of postcode. It provides access to accurate, up to date information as well as support from the time of diagnosis and throughout a patient’s cancer journey. Funding from Macmillan Cancer Support has allowed the creation of two innovative specialist thyroid cancer nurse positions: a clinical nurse specialist and a thyroid cancer information nurse specialist based on the Macmillan Support Line. The two roles work collaboratively to develop services and resources for professionals, patients and carers across the UK.

Challenge

Thyroid cancer is relatively rare and due to financial constraints within the NHS, many Trusts are unable to offer a disease-specific clinical nurse specialist (CNS). As a result, significant numbers of patients across the UK do not have optimal support and there is gross inequity of service provision. 

Objectives

To increase access to thyroid cancer specific information and support for patients and families across the UK.

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QiC Oncology Commended 2016
Patient Experience
National thyroid cancer nurse specialists: A solution to postcode healthcare?
by Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff and Macmillan Cancer Support

Contacts

Dr Laura Moss

Job title:
Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Place of work:
Velindre Cancer Centre
Telephone:
029 20316205
Email:
laura.moss@wales.nhs.uk


QiC Oncology 2016 partner:
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Supported by: