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Posted by Target Ovarian Cancer on Wednesday 27 February 2013

New resource portal for gynaecological cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists

The first of its kind, the CNS Hub is an information portal designed specifically for gynaecological cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) with the aim of making it easier for them to support women with ovarian cancer. 

The charity aims to supplement gaps in resources uncovered in a six month consultation with CNSs by former gynae cancer CNS, Annette Martyn. Consulting with 89 gynae cancer CNSs across England and Wales, from 40 cancer centres and 26 diagnostic units, she found that time-deprived nurses need a one-stop shop which allows them to keep up to date on new models of practice and gives them easy access to national policy documents. 

The Hub is a need backed up by Target Ovarian Cancer’s recent Pathfinder Study. It found that while 77 per cent of CNSs think that providing information to patients would help to improve care for women with ovarian cancer, just 22 per cent of nurses said that they have time to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments. 

Information and resources

The CNS Hub will help them to do this, and more. Nurses can access information on specific issues including holistic needs assessment, and ascites management along with case studies of where CNSs had implemented new ways of working. There is also information on how Target Ovarian Cancer resources can support nurses in particular aspects of survivorship work. Plus, CNSs will also be able to share their experiences and network securely with peers online.

Tracie Miles, President of National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses (NFGON) says: “I’m really pleased with Target Ovarian Cancer’s CNS Hub. We’ve worked closely with the charity to help shape a resource that will both target the needs of CNSs across the UK while complimenting the work of NFGON. I particularly like how the CNS Hub provides a secure facility where nurses ‘chat’ and also link into the NFGON’s professional website – exchanging vital information that will impact on their work and make their lives a little easier.”

Frances Reid, Target Ovarian Cancer’s Director of Public Affairs says: “We hope that CNSs will find the site an invaluable tool in their day to day dealings with women with ovarian cancer. Ultimately, we want to improve the experience, outcomes and care of women who are living with ovarian cancer.”