An “online toolkit” has been launched by a charity to help secondary breast cancer nurses “develop and improve” the nursing service they offer to patients.
Breast Cancer Care said the free digital portal was designed to offer specialist nurses with “useful time-saving” resources and templates.
“This online toolkit will help nurses and their teams to set up and develop support services”
With the launch of the initiative, nurses would now have “immediate access to examples of successful and innovative strategies being implemented in other hospitals”, said the charity.
It highlighted that it followed the publication last year of a report – Setting the standard for care: Current best practice in secondary breast cancer – designed to share current best practice in the specialism.
Along with a portal of resources and templates, the online toolkit would also provide nurses with practice guidance, all of which would help nursing teams “develop support services that maximise the benefit for patients”, said Breast Cancer Care.
According to the charity, a lack of exact UK figures for people with the condition made it challenging to plan services effectively.
Therefore, the new toolkit offered tips and guidance for gathering evidence and recording those diagnosed each year and living with the disease, it said.
Catherine Priestley, clinical nurse specialist for secondary breast cancer at Breast Cancer Care, helped develop the innovation with other nursing colleagues.
“We’ve been running our Secondary Breast Cancer Nursing Group for almost six years, bringing together experts across the UK, and we’re delighted to now be able to offer a digital toolkit of support and resources,” she said.
She added: “This online toolkit will help nurses and their teams to set up and develop support services for people living with secondary breast cancer, as well as offering tools to identify the number of patients with secondary breast cancer within the hospital or gathering feedback.
“By working together, we can ensure everyone affected by secondary breast cancer receives the highest standards of specialist nursing care,” said Ms Priestley.
The free secondary breast cancer nursing toolkit can be accessed via the Breast Cancer Care website and is located in the healthcare professionals area.
The news comes in the same week as the NHS Long Term Plan for England was published. The plan dedicates an entire chapter to digital tools, which cites the potential of digital-based support for those who are diagnosed with cancer.