Specialist service for patients with secondary breast cancer
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Specialist service for patients with secondary breast cancer

Emma Bennett Lead clinical nurse specialist, breast cancer, Edinburgh Breast Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Alison Hume Clinical nurse specialist, breast cancer, Edinburgh Breast Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Evelyn Telford Clinical nurse specialist, secondary breast cancer, Edinburgh Breast Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Emma Bennett and colleagues describe the development and evaluation of an initiative to provide clinical nurse specialist support for people with advanced disease

The aim of this article is to offer an insight into the development of a secondary breast cancer clinical nurse specialist service and to report results from a patient satisfaction survey undertaken a year after implementation. The authors explore the background to service provision at that time, in conjunction with local and national efforts to improve access to specialist nursing services for patients with advanced breast cancer. Highlighting the referral guidelines and components of day-to-day practice, as well as future plans and ongoing developments, the article also focuses on the patient experience work undertaken by the service. This work enabled evaluation of the benefits of the role and review of service delivery, demonstrating perceived improvements in care from a patient and health professional perspective.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 12, 2,25-30. doi: 10.7748/cnp2013.03.12.2.25.e921

Correspondence

emma.bennett@luht.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 October 2012

Accepted: 03 December 2012