It's been quite a productive month engaging with healthcare professionals from different hospitals!
Firstly, we started off by visiting senior nurses at Calderdale Royal Hospital (Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust) and Stepping Hill Hospital (Stockport NHS Foundation Trust), which proved a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of all of the services that we provide for healthcare professionals, particularly nurses, such as our e-learning resource: Introduction to Haemato-Oncology Nursing and educational events. We also discussed the support we provide for patients and their support network such as our patient literature, particularly around our watch and wait, living with and beyond blood cancer and teenage and young adults with blood cancer projects. The discussions that we had with these nurses were extremely helpful in gaining further understanding into the needs of nurses and how we could support them both now and in the future. We also visited a member of our Nurses Working Group at Broomfield Hospital (Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust) and had the great opportunity to tour all of the services provided for patients and meet other professionals. These visits give us such pleasure in seeing all the hard work of the nurses (within the NHS and their collaboration with Bloodwise) and how important it is to support them especially in the area of haemato-oncology.
There are clear variations in haematology services provided across the country but a really important theme that arose was issues around staffing and difficulty in time and funding of attending training and furthering personal development. We are very much looking to develop our healthcare professionals engagement programme to support nurses in their development both emotionally and clinically. We are always very happy to receive feedback on the services that we provide, in order to always stay current for our audiences so these meetings definitely provide a great chance for an exchange of useful information, reflection and feedback going forwards.
Following on from attending different engagement meetings, at both smaller district general hospitals and large, teaching hospitals we will continue to organise and attend more meetings across the country as it provides a great opportunity to meet with healthcare professionals working in haemato-oncology and discuss with them how our services can impact on their clinical practice. We want to be able to further identify the needs of blood cancer patients and healthcare professionals in order to encourage practice change and improve overall blood cancer patient experience through the services that we provide and work together with healthcare professionals to achieve this to a high standard.
We are currently mapping out the different regions within the UK that we'd like to visit next so watch this space for more engagement news!