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    ORAL 15 - Outcome Management in Lung Cancer Patients (ID 113)

    • Event: WCLC 2015
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Nursing and Allied Professionals
    • Presentations: 1
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      ORAL15.05 - Using Your Voice (UYV) - How to Use Your Nursing Voice at the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Meeting (ID 1604)

      16:45 - 18:15  |  Author(s): C. De Normanville

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      The role of the lung cancer nurse specialist (LCNS) varies across the UK, some working within teams and others as lone workers. Each LCNS brings strengths to the role and are individual in their approach. Over several years the National Lung Cancer Audit has highlighted the association between access to a LCNS and receipt of anti-cancer treatment. In 2013, 65.6% of patients who saw a LCNS received anti-cancer treatment, compared to 27.1% of those who did not see a LCNS[1]. A more detailed analysis has been carried out at Sheffield Hallam University Opening doors to treatment[2]. In the time-pressured setting of a MDT meeting it can be difficult to get your point across. This is where a real impact can be achieved in acting as patient advocate. A joint working initiative between Lilly Oncology and the National Lung Cancer Forum For nurses (NLCFN) has developed with the aim to help improve the contribution of the LCNS in the MDT meeting.

      LCNSs, particularly those new in post, were invited to apply for a place in the first UYV workshops on 6[th] and 7[th] October 2014 in London. Experienced professionals delivered the UYV programme including: - insights training - building confidence in order to effectively represent your patient in the MDT meeting - developing skills to manage challenging conversations - invaluable communication skills and strategies - greater understanding of Performance Status assessment A 12 week reflection period requiring submission of 3 reflective pieces of work followed the workshops. A mentor scheme was facilitated by 4 NLCFN committee members with teleconference calls organised by Lilly Oncology between the participants, their mentor and expert speakers. A final How you were heard closing workshop 19/01/2015, completed the training.

      20 applications were received and all were offered and accepted a place. Formal evaluation of the workshops will be led by the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University using mixed methods of data collection and analysis against: - the extent to which the LCNS feels more confident and competent to effectively influence patient outcomes at the MDT as a result of attending the workshop - the potential impact of using this model of training in comparison to other courses Initial feedback evaluation indicates that 100% of the delegates agreed that the programme was of value to their clinical practise and influenced how likely they are to contribute to the MDT. Emergent themes include perceived power relationships, confidence, self-efficacy and self-belief. Increased insight into own and others communication styles has been enlightening, with improved knowledge and confidence in assessing Performance Status. Post course online survey results are awaited which we are keen to share.

      This collaboration has proved very successful and repeat UYV Workshops for 2015 have been planned. Confidence / self-efficacy development for specialist practitioner roles and inter-professional working will be considered for future development. 1. 2.

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