Guidelines have been set out to ensure that cancer care provided by Macmillan nurses is consistently delivered to a sufficient standard.
Macmillan Cancer Support, in conjunction with Skills for Health, has published a “nationally transferable” role template, which outlines the learning needs required by cancer nurses employed by Macmillan to deliver such quality of care across services.
It is hoped that the template will help to standardise the level of care provided to patients of the 2,000 Macmillan nurses across the UK.
While it has been drawn up specifically for Macmillan nurses, the template is available for use by all healthcare providers in the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors throughout the UK.
Jacqui Graves, clinical programme manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “There are approximately 6,000 cancer specialist nurses working across the UK and around a third of these are Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists.
“All are working differently and until now there have been no agreed national standards. Through the development of the NTR we have been able to identify the competences required to function in the role, which are transferable across the UK and across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.”