Healthcare Heroes to be Recognised Nationally

24th June 2019

Healthcare professionals from Weston Park Cancer Support Centre have been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Award for their holistic approach to cancer care.

Funded by Weston Park Cancer Charity, The Cancer Support Centre, provides tailored information, expert advice and direct support to anyone affected by cancer; patient, carer, family or friend. Last year alone, staff responded to over 13,000 requests for support including unmet psychological, financial, emotional and social needs. Cancer places an enormous strain on emotional health, not only of the patient, but also people who care for them. In fact, 45% of patients say the hardest thing about having cancer is the emotional side and 78% have emotional support needs, including stress, anxiety and depression. The Cancer Nursing award recognises individuals and teams who have improved the quality of care patients receive during diagnosis and treatment, or care and support for cancer survivors or those in remission. Centre Manager, Margaret Harrison, commented; -Any cancer diagnosis initially elicits a profound sense of shock and disbelief but once this subsides, of paramount importance is having access to the best possible information, emotional, financial and practical support to manage the overwhelming decisions that inevitably arise. -We've identified that cancer patients are facing increasingly complex challenges and we are in a unique position to listen and respond to the needs of patients. By consulting with patients, we can identify gaps in support and develop new services to help improve the quality of care for cancer patients across the region. The centre, located on Northumberland Road, Sheffield, offers a unique, no-appointment-needed service with healthcare professionals giving patients access to tailored support at a time when it's needed most. All the services are free of charge and include a range of activities from acupuncture to welfare advice, mindfulness to bereavement support and yoga to legal advice. Samantha Dixon, CEO of Weston Park Cancer Charity added; -I am absolutely delighted that the healthcare team at The Cancer Support Centre have been recognised for their dedication, professionalism and tireless commitment to improve cancer care services in our community. "We know that the services provided by The Cancer Support Centre are highly-regarded by patients and their loved ones it's something we hear all the time so it's fantastic to see this recognised nationally. "The ability to access welfare support, to receive complementary therapies to relieve stress and to be able to drop in at any time of the day to talk to a trained health professional who can help to address a patients concerns are unique and valuable services. With one in every two people affected by cancer, Weston Park Cancer Support Centre is currently responding to a 14% increase in demand for support, every year. The team plan to continue consultations with patients to ensure future developments meet the needs of the local community in order to deliver the best service to patients and their support networks. Weston Park Cancer Charity is committed to enhance the NHS provision, and raises over £2million every year to provide; practical help to those in need, emotional support to those in despair and enhanced care for those who need it most. Each year, it costs Weston Park Cancer Charity £300k to deliver the vital services the centre provides. The judges will reveal the winner, on 30th October 2019, at a glittering awards ceremony hosted at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The evening's celebrations recognise the achievements of the nursing community and those who make nursing an innovative, patient-focused and inclusive profession.

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