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Team shortlisted for national awards for enhancing cancer care services

A team who are committed to enhancing cancer care have been shortlisted for the final of The Royal College of Nursing Awards 2022.

The One Step at a Time team, which includes colleagues from The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), The Patient Panel at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, and the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board, were selected for the Team of the Year category in recognition of their work to promote the patient voice.

Together they produced a range of information for patients who have received a cancer diagnosis, focusing on a variety of video content and a printed pocket guide. The topics are explored by other patients and their loved ones, giving unique insights, and are available in different languages. This information is provided to patients when they receive a cancer diagnosis to support them on their journey throughout their treatment.

Shahid Sardar, associate director of patient engagement at PAHT, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised in the way – it means a great deal to the team, who are dedicated to improving the experience of patients with cancer.

“One Step at a Time are continuing to develop the resources available for patients who receive a cancer diagnosis and are proud to be making a difference.”

Ann Nutt, chair of the Patient Panel at PAHT, said: “We have received great feedback about the information produced for patients who receive a cancer diagnosis, this came from our successful conference ‘Fight Cancer with Hope’ held at Harlow College in September 2021.

“It is a privilege to represent the patient voice and to have worked with patients and their loved ones to give the information that others need, at a difficult time when they need it most.”

Emma Harnett, Macmillan nurse for Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board, added: “I have seen first-hand the positive impact of the information we have shared with our patients and their loved ones on coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis and planning ahead for treatment.

“It is a fantastic boost for the team to have been shortlisted for an award – we are looking forward to the final.”

Sharon McNally, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals and deputy chief executive at PAHT, added: “Congratulations to the team on this amazing achievement – I am delighted to see them recognised and wish them the best of luck.”

The awards ceremony will take place on 6 October.

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.