Nurse Awards

Cancer Nursing Award finalist: Christine Talboys

Cancer Nursing Award finalist: Christine Talboys

Advanced nurse specialist, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

A new approach to communicating histology results and a tailored care plan are improving the experience of patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer at this trust. Christine standardised the pathway so that newly diagnosed patients are booked directly into a nurse-led results clinic. The personalised care plan she developed gives patients a clear explanation of their condition and follow up. Previously, 33% of patients could recall their cancer’s grade and 72% were aware of the stage. Now 100% of patients know their grade and 94% can recall the stage. The time from histology to the patient being informed has reduced from 17 to 13 days and other trusts are adopting the care plan.

Picture credit: Chris Balcombe

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