Weston Park nominated for nursing awardsPosted by: Katerina Vyurkova
Weston Park cancer support staff
Sheffield’s Cancer Support Centre's nurses have been nominated in what is the 'equivalent of the Oscars in the nursing world'
The Weston Park Cancer Support Centre has been nominated in the Cancer Nursing category at the Nursing Times Award, recognising the improvement in healthcare support for cancer survivors and those diagnosed with cancer.
The Northumberland Road centre supports patients with an appointment-free service as well as a range of activities including yoga, bereavement support and legal and welfare advice.
Samantha Dixon, CEO of Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “I am absolutely delighted that that healthcare team at The Cancer Support Centre have been recognised for their dedication, professionalism and tireless commitment to improve cancer care services in or community.”
“We know that the services provided by The Cancer Support Centre are highly regarded by patients and their loved ones – it’s something we hear all the time so it’s fantastic to see this recognised nationally.”
While the centre’s annual spend on services already amounts to £300k, it still responded to a 14% increase in demand for support, raising over £2million yearly to provide emotional, practical and enhanced care for those in need.
This financial support is essential as anxiety affects over two-thirds of cancer patients and two-fifths suffer from depression, in large part due to the financial blow cancer sufferers feel as their earnings fall and outgoings rise after their diagnosis.
Margaret Harrison, centre manager, commented: “Any cancer diagnosis initially elicits a profound sense of shock and disbelief, but once this subsides, of paramount importance is having best possible information, emotional, financial and practical support to manage the overwhelming decisions that inevitably arise.”
“We’ve identified that cancer patients are facing increasingly complex challenges and we are in a unique position to listen and respond to the needs of patients. By consulting with patients, we can identify gaps in support and develop new services to help improve the quality of care for cancer patients across the region.”
Of the hundreds of carers that attend stress-busting coffee mornings and craft afternoons, 97% said they started feeling more relaxed, and the majority of patients stated they were better equipped to start planning for the future after attending centre’s Positive About Life and Carers courses.
The costs for reflexology, acupuncture, massage and hypnotherapy, which reach £30,000, are also covered by the centre.
The Nursing Times Award winners will be announced on 30th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.