The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is one of 30 NHS Trusts within England to be selected to implement Information Prescriptions (IPs) for its cancer patients. Information Prescriptions offer bespoke, timely and relevant information to patients to enable them to make decisions about their health and the support they receive.
Alyson Brandom, a Macmillan Information Prescriptions Facilitator who works for the National Cancer Action Team, is working alongside the Trust’s Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse, Janine Birley to help embed and promote Information Prescriptions across the Trust.
Five Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) initially volunteered to take Information Prescriptions forward within their teams. Starting the roll out are breast, lung, skin, upper gastrointestinal (GI) and gynaecology. Alyson will work with teams at the Trust until June to help roll out the Information Prescription programme to the identified Cancer Multi Disciplinary Teams (MDTs).
Alyson commented: “The view is that an informed patient has the confidence to take more control over their care which can, in turn, help them to understand and come to terms with their illness.
“Evidence shows that patients who are informedmanage their long-term conditions more effectively, have to have fewer repeat consultations and can even have fewer unscheduled admissions to hospital.”
Other cancer teams have also shown an interest and a CNS from each site, including head and neck, colorectal, haematology and urology, have been trained to use the Information Prescription System (IPS).
Information Prescriptions can be offered to patients with other conditions such as diabetes and dietary conditions.
It is expected that Information Prescriptions will be available to a large proportion of Trust patients by the end of 2012. For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/ips or contact Janine Birley, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse on 01709 42 7629.