Supporting delivery of the recovery package for people living with and beyond cancer
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Supporting delivery of the recovery package for people living with and beyond cancer

Cathy Hughes Project manager, professional engagement, Macmillan Cancer Support, London Cancer Alliance
Richard Henry Lecturer in cancer nursing, Queen’s University Belfast
Stephen Richards Director of professional engagement, Macmillan Cancer Support
Natalie Doyle Nurse consultant, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

Survivorship is an important issue in cancer care in the UK. More people are being diagnosed with the disease and many more are living for longer after diagnosis. The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative recommends that patients with cancer have a package of care designed to improve outcomes and support for those living with and beyond the disease. The recovery package consists of a holistic needs assessment, treatment summary, cancer care review and health and wellbeing event. Although these interventions are recommended as a way to improve care, many people do not have access to the combined package, or even some of its components. The Cancer Nursing Partnership (CNP), a collaboration of cancer nursing organisations and communities of influence, has been established to support nurses with delivery of the recovery package in practice. This article describes the package and its components, introduces the CNP and outlines the work it has carried out to date.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 10,30-35. doi: 10.7748/cnp.13.10.30.e1150

Correspondence

cathyhughes@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 October 2014

Accepted: 05 November 2014