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Alison Richardson, PhD, MSc, PGDipEd, BN, RN, RNT, is professor of cancer and palliative nursing care, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London, and is lead of the Guidance Development Team
Although many patients with cancer report positively on their experience of care, others claim they are not receiving the information and support they need at different stages of their care pathway. The national cancer patient survey (Department of Health, 2002), for example, showed wide variations in the quality of care delivered across the country.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently producing guidance on supportive and palliative care services for patients with cancer, which will be published next year. The document will focus on the configuration of services.
The guidance will have a significant impact on the design of nursing services, particularly in identifying additional roles and responsibilities, extending duties, developing the nursing workforce and providing education, training and ongoing support for nurses.
The guidance sets out a framework for the design, delivery and evaluation of effective supportive and palliative care services, with recommendations to address areas of service most likely to make a difference to patients.
- To view the latest draft of the guidance online, go to: www.nice.org.uk/pdf/supppalldraftmanual.pdf