Top UCLH nurses launch cancer care passport for London 

15/09/2017 00:00 
UCLH chief nurse, Flo Panel-Coates, and lead cancer nurse, Alison Hill, were amongst a group of experts who launched a London-wide cancer care passport for nurses this week.

The Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) competency passport has been developed by cancer nurses across London and the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS), with support from Capital Nurse.  

It will ensure that training for nurses giving patients cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy, is consistent, up-to-date and standardised in NHS trusts and private hospitals across London.

As well as improving the consistency of care and nursing support for patients in London, it is hoped that the new passport will support nurses’ career development and save the NHS time and money. Until now, nurses who administer SACT have needed to undertake re-training in any new place of work. This has led to inconsistencies in the quality of training and duplication.

Flo Panel-Coates, chief nurse at UCLH, said: “I was delighted to help launch the cancer care passport for nurses. The new passport will mean that nurses can demonstrate that they are up-to-date in the latest medical care techniques if they change organisations.

“Despite the best intentions, I have been struck by the variations in training staff report they receive. The reduction of unnecessary training time will not only release time to care, it saves the NHS money. Not only in training costs but also in the current reliance on temporary agency nursing staff who often fill these critical SACT roles.

“The passport will also support nurses to move across organisations to advance in their careers as well as using their expertise to provide patients with the treatment they need in a timely way.”

The SACT passport will be available on the UKONS website.



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