Implementing the Recovery Package: a survey of cancer workforce readiness
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Implementing the Recovery Package: a survey of cancer workforce readiness

Diana Greenfield Consultant nurse and honorary professor, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, England
Jane Proctor Lead cancer nurse and deputy nurse director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, England

Implementation of the Recovery Package is a priority in the recent NHS England cancer strategy, but information on local workforce readiness to implement the package was unavailable. Therefore, a survey of the lead cancer clinician and lead clinical nurse specialist for each cancer multidisciplinary team across Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was undertaken to measure understanding of the Recovery Package, good practice and gaps in service provision. This article reports on the results of the survey, which found that the Recovery Package’s terminology – particularly the word ‘recovery’, which implies the package is relevant only for those treated curatively – has led to misunderstandings and that implementation has been variable across cancer teams. The article also discusses proposed solutions, which include improving medical staff awareness, reviewing nurse specialist workload and considering different ways of working.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2018.e1476

Citation

Greenfield D, Proctor J (2018) Implementing the Recovery Package: a survey of cancer workforce readiness. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2018.e1476

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Diana.Greenfield@sth.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 20 June 2018

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