Photo gallery: Cancer Nursing Award winners, Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team

Cancer Nursing Award winners - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team

The Transforming Cancer Follow-Up Team has discarded the traditional one-size-fits-all aftercare model for people with breast cancer in favour of a patient-centred approach that is reducing waiting times and improving the patient experience.

Five nursing project managers, led by nurse consultant Mary-Jo Thompson, have overseen the introduction of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Recovery Package, which promotes self-management.

Breast cancer follow-up pathways have been redesigned across professional boundaries.

Patients discuss their needs with their clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and agree a written care plan, with help provided to understand the possible long-term consequences of their condition and treatment.

They attend health and wellbeing events and are signposted to local support services via a Cancer Survivorship website.

Currently, 58% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are taking up this self-directed aftercare, with rapid access to their CNS if needed.