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Cancer support module developed

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Cancer nurses in Manchester have developed a new training module to help staff support patients dealing with the emotional impact of cancer.

Cancer nurses in Manchester have developed a new training module to help staff support patients dealing with the emotional impact of cancer.

'Sage and Thyme' is a two-step structure, developed by specialists at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, which guides staff as they allow patients to explore their fears and emotions in a supportive environment.

Macmillan nurse consultant in supportive and palliative care Mike Connolly, who helped develop the training, said: 'This model is intended to guide hospital staff to feel confident in supporting a patient in distress. It is normal for ill people to be upset. We need staff who know what to say when they come across them.'

Nearly 200 staff from all professionals groups have been trained on the model.

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