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Voluntary sector involvement alongside NHS crucial to enhance patients’ quality of life

Speaking at the inaugural Cancer Nursing Practice conference in Manchester, Sinead Collins discusses how Maggie's centres can help with rehabilitation in patient-centred care

Speaking at the inaugural Cancer Nursing Practice conference in Manchester, Sinead Collins discusses how Maggie's centres can help with rehabilitation in patient-centred care

‘Complementary, not competing’ voluntary sector services are crucial to enhance patients’ quality of life, a Maggie’s Centre spokesperson told delegates at the conference.

Sinead Collins, centre head at Maggie’s Manchester, told nurses at the Cancer Nursing Practice Conference that patients often feel excluded and ‘frightened’ when clinical treatment ends and spend their nights awake worrying about issues such as work and side effects.

However, the network of 18 Maggie’s centres in the UK, abroad and online, aim to offer a person-centred approach and to fill a gap the NHS is often not best placed to do, explained Ms Collins. The focus is more on what matters to patients rather than

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