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Cymraeg

New centre to boost holistic care for cancer patients

23 February 2008

Professor Sheila Hunt

Plans for a new centre for cancer education have been announced which is set to secure further specialist care for cancer patients in South Wales.

A new collaborative partnership between Cardiff University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies and Velindre NHS Trust has led to a proposed new Centre for education in Cancer Care.

Aimed at offering integrated, interdisciplinary cancer education for a range of health and social care professionals, the planned Velindre Centre for Cancer Care and Rehabilitation will be based at Velindre and will have responsibility for leading and coordinating the educational opportunities required for all those who care for cancer patients and their families. This will include patients, carers, volunteers as well as health and social care professionals in the South East Wales region.

Enabling closer working between a range of specialist health and social care workers, the Centre will help improve the delivery of expert patient focused, responsive and relevant cancer care, providing more patient-centred educational opportunities for new and existing health and social care professionals working in cancer care and rehabilitation.

The new Director working in close collaboration with Cardiff University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies will work to develop relevant education to ensure that care better meets the needs of the individual and enhances quality of life. It will see more of a focus on the patient’s journey and a new educational portfolio will personalise cancer education for both the patient and the health professional, significantly improving the health and social care of patients with cancer across south Wales.

Anne Mills, Director of Velindre Centre for Cancer Care and Rehabilitation said: "There is a requirement for health and social care workers to have specialist knowledge and skills to deliver the expert care identified as needed by cancer patients and their families. Velindre Centre for Cancer Care and Rehabilitation will develop into a ‘centre of excellence’ for cancer education."

Cardiff University will support the Centre in planning and mapping existing education provision across higher and further education, local authorities and in the private sector and subsequently develop new interdisciplinary programmes of education and training.

Professor Sheila Hunt, Head of School and Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies said: "It has been recognised by both the University and the Trust that the most effective way to meet the future learning needs of all those who care for cancer patients is for Cardiff University and Velindre NHS Trust to work in close collaboration. We aim to create a vibrant, responsive and innovative Centre which will ensure all health and social care professionals who care for people with cancer have the appropriate knowledge and skills to deliver the best care, at the correct level and in the best place."

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "Cardiff University is at the forefront of world-leading cancer research. We are extremely proud to be involved in this innovative partnership, which will of course benefit the academic community involved in research and policy on cancer care and rehabilitation, but ultimately it will be patients, families and carers across Wales who will reap the rewards."

Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: "The launch of this Velindre Centre for Cancer Care and Rehabilitation is an important and exciting development for cancer services in Wales. I am extremely pleased that through collaborative working, the education and training of those people involved in the provision of cancer care will be enhanced. This can only have a positive effect and ensure greater awareness of the needs of cancer sufferers and their carers."