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New Cancer Champion Takes The Lead

Pat JonesWe have appointed a new Cancer Lead Nurse to ensure that their patients receive the best possible experience under their care.

Pat Jones who has been a qualified nurse for 20 years has just taken on this new challenge. 

Pat says: "My role is to provide clinical leadership in developing cancer nursing services throughout our organisation.  I will be working alongside the clinical teams to ensure that we improve and continue to deliver high quality patient care for cancer patients."

Her role covers four main areas:

Access to information - She will make sure patients and carers receive support, information and advice from the clinical teams at each stage of their cancer care.    She will work with agencies such as Macmillan to further improve Information and Support services for cancer patients and their families.

Managing the Clinical Nurse Specialists - The clinical nurse specialists play a key role in the support of cancer patients. She will ensure that all patients have an identified key worker and that the patients and carers know who to contact for support and advice.

Improving Communication Skills - Whilst it is crucial that clinical care is provided to the highest standard the Trust has identified that this is an area that requires constant focus and can be improved on. The majority of doctors and clinical nurse specialists have already received specialist training in advanced communication skills, and as an organisation they are looking to ensure all of the teams have the necessary support and skills to support patients and carers

Ensure that improved patient experience is monitored - Pat will be developing standards and outcomes which can be measured for cancer services so that future improvements can be developed.

Pat added: "This is an exciting and challenging time and we are listening and acting on feedback from patients and carers around their experience of cancer during our care."