Why general practice nurses need education about cancer as a long-term condition
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Why general practice nurses need education about cancer as a long-term condition

Sandra Dyer Advanced nurse practitioner, Macmillan primary care lead nurse, South West London Health and Care Partnership, London, England
Sarah Dewhurst Macmillan specialist clinician, physiotherapist, South West London Health and Care Partnership, London, England

This article outlines the results of a survey of cancer training needs conducted with general practice nurses (GPNs) in South West London in 2018. The survey determined the nurses’ views about three areas of their work related to cancer: how they see their role in cancer care, their confidence in their cancer knowledge and their attitude towards cancer education. The survey was one of the early results of a Macmillan Cancer Support-funded, two-year project developing GPNs’ role in supporting patients living with and beyond cancer. It informed the development of an ‘education and influence strategy’ designed to embed in GPNs’ roles the management of cancer as a long-term condition.

The authors recommend that undergraduate and postgraduate courses for primary care nurses should incorporate education about cancer as a long-term condition.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1566

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Correspondence

sandra.dyer@swlondon.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Dyer S, Dewhurst S (2020) Why general practice nurses need education about cancer as a long-term condition. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1566

Published online: 15 January 2020