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Prostate Cancer UK fund new specialist nurse post

roger wheelwrightProstate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation will fund a new prostate cancer specialist nurse post at Poole Hospital for 18 months which will be taken up by nurse Roger Wheelwright, who has previously worked within the trust.

Prostate Cancer UK has funded a number of health professional posts across the UK, many of which, like this one, have been made possible thanks to support from the Movember Foundation. Funding is provided for nurses and healthcare professional roles to lead and implement local healthcare improvement projects relating to prostate cancer care.  

This will be the first specialist nurse post funded by Prostate Cancer UK in the south west, and will build on the success of the two prostate cancer clinical trials currently being undertaken and led by specialist research nurses and doctors from the Dorset Cancer Centre, based at Poole Hospital.

The role will enable Roger to provide essential care for men with prostate cancer, offering dedicated clinical and psychological support for patients and their families, as well as improving the flow of information between them and the team involved in their care.

Roger Wheelwright said the role will allow the hospital to keep up with the changing pace of prostate cancer: “Care and treatment for men with prostate cancer has greatly advanced over the last 20 years, and there is lots of work going on to support that.

“Roles like this one will enable us to continue the fight against the disease. I’m really excited to start this new post and would like to thank Prostate Cancer UK for their support”

Dr Joe Davies, consultant oncologist said: “It’s a great way of integrating two very important aspects of patient care – access to a specialist nurse and the opportunity to take part in important research trials”

Tasia Malinowski, health and social care professionals programme manager at Prostate Cancer UK said: “We’re delighted that Roger has accepted the new prostate cancer specialist nurse post at Poole Hospital. A diagnosis can turn a man’s world upside down in an instant and making sense of which treatments to choose or coming to terms with side effects can be incredibly daunting.

“However, over the next 18 months, Roger will be supporting recently diagnosed men across the south west every step of the way, through treatment and beyond.  

“Prostate cancer is set to become the most common cancer overall by 2030 which is why Prostate Cancer UK is recruiting people to its Men United movement and is encouraging men to do something together to help beat the disease.”

Each trial at Poole Hospital has specific criteria that participants must meet in order to take part, but people interested in being part of a prostate cancer clinical trial should contact Roger Wheelwright at Roger.Wheelwright@poole.nhs.uk

To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United movement, visit menunited.prostatecanceruk.org  

Date: 18 February 2015

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