In 2014, the charity Anthony Nolan, with funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, set up a programme to fund clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) who support people who have had a blood stem cell transplant.
What does an Anthony Nolan post-transplant CNS do?
As experienced healthcare professionals, each Anthony Nolan CNS has expert knowledge of the unique needs of these patients and they are in the ideal position to be able to provide comprehensive care. They address the medical needs of the patients they are supporting, as well as their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Although the nurses broadly undertake similar roles, we believe that for our clinical programme to be truly effective, the role of each CNS should be tailored to meet the specific needs of the patients at the transplant centres where they are based, as well as focusing on the areas of care in which existing staff feel they are currently lacking resources.
Why are they needed?
Anthony Nolan researched the provision of post-transplant care across the UK and found that not all post-transplant patients have a dedicated, named CNS. This gap in service provision has a detrimental impact on a patient’s quality of life and their ability to recover successfully.
Given the potential severity of the physical and psychological implications of transplantation, patients need to be offered comprehensive care that is co-ordinated by transplant specialists and that should ensure patients can rapidly access high-quality services to fully meet their care needs.
How is the programme performing?
Senior Philanthropy Manager Anaily Castellanos says:
“The CNS programme has gone from strength to strength.
To date, nine Anthony Nolan nurses have been introduced to transplant centres across the country, providing life-affirming support for post-transplant patients. This would not have been possible without the Trust and we are incredibly grateful for your support.”
The Burdett Trust for Nursing was established in 2002 with the aim of making charitable grants to support the nursing contribution to healthcare. The Trustees target their grants at projects that are nurse-led and that empower nurses to make significant improvements to the patient care environment. The Trustees regularly review their grant-making policies and procedures to ensure that their grants achieve positive outcomes for patients, nursing and healthcare practice.
Find us online: www.btfn.org.uk