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Government urged to double the number of prostate cancer specialist nurses

The Prostate Cancer Charity calls on the government to address the inadequate access to prostate cancer specialist nurses.

Ruth Holdaway, Director of Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: "We are encouraged that the Government, in today's Cancer Reform Strategy, has acknowledged the stark inequalities in provision of prostate cancer clinical nurse specialists."

She continued: "We call on the government to take urgent action to address this inequality. The government must provide the necessary resources to increase the number of clinical nurse specialists for men with prostate cancer. The NHS must make it happen by working with education partners to ensure tailored training and development is both available and funded. There is currently no prostate cancer specialist training in the UK."

"The Charity is tackling this major issue on several fronts:

  • Funding research into the improved experience of care for men seen by a clinical nurse specialist.
  • Developing the first two-day masterclass programme for nurses with a specialist interest in prostate cancer.
  • Providing a confidential nurse-led helpline and information resources that can assist the NHS in delivering much needed psychological support to men and their families.

"Every year 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK and specialist nurses play an essential role in their care and support. It is unacceptable that clinical nurse specialists for men with prostate cancer have on average the highest workload when compared with other cancers. The Prostate Cancer Charity calls on the government and the NHS to double the number of specialist nurses working in prostate cancer and to provide the necessary training and professional development for these key healthcare professionals who make such a positive difference to the day-to-day lives of men with prostate cancer."

The Prostate Cancer Charity