There are more than 200 different types of cancer and 1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. The consequences of a cancer diagnosis are far reaching and patients, along with their families and friends often require additional support.
Recognising that many cancer patients and their families were unaware where to go for advice and support, the Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework designed and developed ‘cancer buddy’ training. The training has been running over the last 2 years amongst other healthcare professions for example within GP practices. The main aim of being a cancer buddy is to improve the lives of cancer patients by being a point of contact that can support patients with appropriate signposting and resources. Acknowledging the important role pharmacy teams play across sectors in Wales, the cancer buddy training is now being rolled out across the pharmacy workforce. During this session we will hear from the Macmillan primary care nursing team from across Wales about the role pharmacy cancer buddies can play in supporting those with Cancer.
After attending this event participants will be able to:
- Describe what being a pharmacy cancer buddy involves
- Recognise what resources are available to help support cancer patients
- Identify individuals who may need further support
- Use appropriate signposting to support the patient