Harlow nurses complete ‘Talk Cancer’ workshop

Health / Thu 7th Aug 2014 at 12:07pm

PRACTICE nurses and nurse practitioners from GP practices across west Essex have completed a Talk Cancer Workshop delivered by Cancer Research UK.

The group spent an afternoon becoming more confident talking about cancer as well as learning more about the disease and what the benefits of screening and early diagnosis are.

As part of the workshop the nurses were given information packs containing leaflets that they can give to patients who may raise concerns in conversation.

Dr Rob Gerlis, GP and chair of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group which hosted the workshop, said: “This workshop means nurses in west Essex now have the tools they need to talk confidently to concerned patients, relatives or friends about cancer.

“Their certificates of attendance show that they can take the crucial message of getting any unusual changes checked by your doctor early, into the heart of their communities.”

Ingrid Sollis, Practice Nurse at the Hamilton Practice, Harlow, said: “It was a very informative workshop and I came away feeling more comfortable and confident in talking about cancer with patients at my surgery.

“It gave me lots of ideas about how to promote cancer awareness, where to direct patients for further information, and how to talk more openly about cancer, cancer screening, treatments and survival rates.”

Cancer Research UK delivered the workshop free of charge to practice nurses from each locality who will use the training in their day to day work with local people.

The nurses are also now better able to encourage people to make lifestyle changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns.

Talk Cancer workshops aim to equip and empower community-based staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver key messages around cancer prevention, screening, and early diagnosis to their patients.

nursesThis additional training of practice nurses and nurse practitioners is part of the CCG’s commitment to promote early diagnosis of cancer and timely referral to the appropriate treatment.

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