A significant proportion of men suffer side effects and are acknowledged to have unmet physical, functional and psychological needs after prostate cancer treatment. A nurse-led survivorship programme was implemented at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for men with prostate cancer.
This article describes implementation of the model and presents the results of an early evaluation to assess its impact. In the first 6 months 169 men (90% of those invited) engaged in the survivorship programme. Holistic needs assessments in particular were found to be invaluable for addressing individual men's needs and signposting them to relevant services. Collaboration between existing organisations and initiatives across primary and secondary care resulted in the establishment of a comprehensive network of services available to men on the programme. The nurse-led Newcastle survivorship model has been able to deliver individualised survivorship care with a high satisfaction rating within routine NHS practice.
British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing). 2015 Oct 07 [Epub]
Jill Ferguson, Jonathan Aning
Prostate Cancer UK, Prostate Cancer Survivorship Nurse Specialist, Department of Urology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. , Consultant Urological Surgeon, Department of Urology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.