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#NursesMatter

MSD's work supporting Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are at the frontline of cancer treatment expertise and patient care

Through the #NursesMatter campaign, MSD are proud to work in partnership with cancer nurses across the UK to ensure the value of the CNS is recognised and supported.

I am a nurse because...

Julia's Story

Faye & Sophia

What are clinical nurse specialists and why do they matter to patients?

Hear first-hand insights from the voices of real cancer CNS’s as they share their unique stories and highlight why #NursesMatter to them.

These nurses and countless more are motivated to go to work every day, knowing that they are able to provide vital support to their patients and help them navigate their cancer care journey.

We hear first-hand from Lung CNS, Julia, as she shares a challenging yet rewarding experience in providing cancer care to a patient who was cautious to come to hospital due to her agoraphobia.

Nurses like Julia are committed to supporting patients everyday - highlighting the crucial nature of the role of the Cancer CNS.

As well as helping Faye navigate the complex cancer care pathway, Sophia has become a crucial support system for both her and her family.

The exceptional work provided by a CNS is highlighted in the invaluable bond Faye and Sophia share.

Professor Alison Leary, London Southbank University, explains why clinical nurse specialists are important to patient care.

Houses of Parliament - Celebrating the role of Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists

In March 2020, MSD supported Lung Cancer Nursing UK, the organisation that represents CNS's working in lung cancer, in holding a reception in Parliament.

Bringing together patients and nurses with their Members of Parliament, the event celebrated the contribution of nurses. It also highlighted the pressure nurses are under, with LCNUK releasing a report examining how stretched the nursing workforce is.

The event was chaired by Health Select Committee Member Paul Bristow MP, and attendees heard from Health Minister Jo Churchill MP, as well as former NFL player Chris Draft and former England Cricket Captain Sir Andrew Strauss who both tragically lost their wives to lung cancer.

Useful resources

The Psychological Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
In 2019, MSD organised a patient workshop, chaired by Dr Alex King, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead for Psycho-Oncology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, with the aim of better understanding the psychological support needs for patients living with and beyond cancer. This report brings together the themes and discussions from that workshop and provides insights into where improvements could be made to better support the emotional and psychological wellbeing of someone with cancer.
Cancer Prehabilitation – building a business case
Good nursing has always been about holistic patient care. Following the creation of comprehensive guidance and principles by Macmillan Cancer Support in 2019, the clinical case has never been better defined for what interventions help give more patients a chance of treatment. MSD agree and in this report we share some case studies from the frontline on how nurses are applying these principles in their practice and summarise the key arguments you can use to gain support in your Trust.
Caring For The Future: Understanding the importance of Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists
To better understand the challenges that the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist (LCNS) workforce is facing, Lung Cancer Nursing UK carried out a survey of its membership, with the support of MSD, in the summer of 2019. Clinical Nurse Specialists play a vital role in patient care, the Caring for the Future report highlighted the rising demands on the LCNS workforce coupled with an increasingly complex workload. These issues have proven to be barriers to delivering high-quality specialist care for people with lung cancer. The report comprises a series of policy recommendations to reinforce and enhance the role of Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists, which LCNUK are using to engage with policymakers to improve patient care.
Virtual consultations in the lung cancer pathway – What works for patients and healthcare professionals?
Written and prepared by MSD with advice and input from the UK Lung Cancer Coalition, British Thoracic Oncology Group, Lung Cancer Nursing UK and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, this report analyses the findings from a survey of lung cancer patients and healthcare professionals, commissioned by MSD, which focused on the use of “virtual” (i.e. video or telephone) consultations during the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lung cancer treatment during a pandemic – How have multi-disciplinary teams changed?
Written and prepared by MSD with advice and input from the UK Lung Cancer Coalition, British Thoracic Oncology Group, Lung Cancer Nursing UK and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, this report describes the findings of a survey undertaken to understand the views and experiences of lung cancer healthcare professionals in secondary care of participation in MDTs, either virtually or in-person, during the pandemic.

Contact

If you’re interested in our work supporting cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists and want to learn more or are interested in working with us, please get in touch: oncologyexternalaf@msd.com

GB-NON-04206 | Date of Preparation: April 2021