New Cancer Champion Takes The Lead
We 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
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
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."