Reference 2021-54

REF: 2021-54          

Subject: Cancer patients        

 

Request:

1) What support do you offer for the family members of patients being treated for cancer within your NHS Trust? (Support can include anything that would contribute to the emotional well-being of an individual, such as support groups, counselling or advice).

2) Does your NHS Trust provide any tailored support specifically for young people (under 25s) who have family members being treated for cancer?

3) If so, please could you provide details.

4) Are services actively offered to patients’ family members, or do they have to approach the Trust themselves to request support?

 

Response:

1) What support do you offer for the family members of patients being treated for cancer within your NHS Trust? (Support can include anything that would contribute to the emotional well-being of an individual, such as support groups, counselling or advice). All patients are provided with contact details of a clinical nurse specialist which family members can also use for support. Where support groups are in place information on these is provided.  Written information also provided. Patients and family members signposted to our Bolton Macmillan Information and Support service (MCISS).   Health & wellbeing events at end of treatments are held 3 times a year. Invite to patient sent from Lead Cancer nurse and invites relative to this event. Events provide support from clinical staff and access to many local services (currently on hold due to COVID restrictions)
2) Does your NHS Trust provide any tailored support specifically for young people (under 25s) who have family members being treated for cancer?
3) If so, please could you provide details.
All patients provided with Clinical Nurse Specialist Service(CNS).

CNS’s also link with Teenager and Young Adult service at the Christie who offer specialist support and advice.

It is very rare for us to treat this age group at our Trust.

4) Are services actively offered to patients’ family members, or do they have to approach the Trust themselves to request support? All patients diagnosed with cancer are provided with CNS details for ongoing support along with written information. Helplines are available in all CNS teams. All of the above offered and patients encouraged to inform us if they develop new concerns or require help at any time. Patients and family members can also access the  MCISS service. Referrals to relevant services will be made when issues/support identified.