In collaboration with the MKMRF and the BLF, Mesothelioma UK are delighted to invite expressions of interest from lung cancer multi-disciplinary teams from the North East of England/Tyneside interested in developing a Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist post within their existing team.
Mesothelioma UK, the National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre was established in 2004with financial support from Macmillan Cancer Support. Additional sponsorship was secured from the legal and pharmaceutical industries and a generous donation from MKMRF until the centre launched its own charity in 2009 and since that time the servicesprovided by the centrehave gone from strength to strength.
As a professional, organised and respected charity Mesothelioma UK seeks to provide impartial up-to-date support and information and promote the development of specialist health care practice and research to improve outcomes and experience of care.
Establishing a network of nurses experienced, knowledgeable and committed to Mesothelioma has been a key objective to meeting the centres vision.
A Mesothelioma Nurse Action Team (MNAT) was established in 2008 with representation from across the UK. Team educational events are held twice a year, an online community of practice hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support acts as a dedicated mesothelioma information resource for all members and an email hotline ensures MNAT are kept up to date with all matters related to mesothelioma.
In 2010 through the Royal Marsden School of Nursing and Rehabilitation an online masters or degree level module, Mesothelioma Practice in Cancer Care was launched. http://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/education/school/courses/pages/mesothelioma-practice-cancer-care.aspx Over 50 health care professionals from around the world have completed the module which was recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Oncology award for best educational initiative.
Finally and central to achieving ‘the development of specialist health care practice’ has been the establishing of Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist posts across the UK. Without Mesothelioma UK’s funding these posts would not exist and with nearly 3000 tumour site specific nurse specialists in England alone the time was more than right for there to be Mesothelioma specific posts. Over the last two years in addition to Liz Darlison’s University Hospital of Leicester (host to Mesothelioma UK) post funding has been provided to Cambridge (Gerry Slade), Cardiff (Naomi Horne), Portsmouth (Anne Moylan), Manchester (currently advertised), Sheffield (in development), Bristol (in development) and Oxford (in development).
Each post is supported 15hours per week by Mesothelioma UK and the funding is secure long term providing the charities income continues. A service level agreement outlines expectations of the post locally (within the host trust), regionally (within the cancer network) and nationally (supporting Mesothelioma UK). The initial posts have been enormously successful and Mesothelioma UK is delighted and very grateful for MKMRF’s ongoing support with this latest initiative.
For further information please contact Mesothelioma UK on 0800 169 2409 or email email@example.com
Macmillan Nurse Consultant
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Mesothelioma UK