As a result of informal feedback from our community, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust are looking to explore the potential for developing a new Hospital Liaison Service for women and their loved ones affected by a cervical cancer diagnosis, which would be based in hospitals.
As part of the process we set up a small steering group of experts to provide their initial thoughts and feedback on this service. We are now seeking further feedback from the women who would most benefit from the service and from healthcare professionals working in this field.
The aim of the service would be to offer increased and personalised local support for the woman, their family and partner, as an addition to the excellent care they receive from their hospital team. We also see this as a way to support the medical community through offering another information opportunity to patients. The service could help to signpost other services offered by the hospital, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, and other organsiations. It would offer psychological benefit to patients, help to reduce isolation, provide a time to talk and offer more general support.
This service would be available to those affected and their loved ones, both together or individually. This is important as we know from our recent work that there are needs of partners wanting to gain support just for themselves – this service would help fill that gap.
The service would be run by a paid member of our staff who'd ideally have a medical background, as we know the role would require a range of skills that someone, say a former clinical nurse specialist or cancer nurse, would have.
We would really like your feedback and thoughts on this potential new service so if you have ever received a cervical cancer diagnosis whether recently or some time ago, we'd like to hear from you. Your feedback is incredibly important to us.
There are two surveys, one for women living with or beyond a cervical cancer diagnosis and one for healthcare professionals.
To access the survey and give us your views please visit http://www.jostrust.org.uk/hospital-liaison-service
Thank you for helping us with our work.