Many complementary therapists are helping clients manage the stress and a range of symptoms resulting from cancer diagnosis and treatment. In a number of instances, these therapists are also helping to improve staffing and cost efficiencies in the NHS by ensuring conventional medical treatments are able to go ahead.
Procedures such as radiotherapy mask making and cannulation for chemotherapy can be stressful medical events, and patient anxiety can result in abandoned or rescheduled treatments. Complementary therapy services can help to address this issue and ensure life-saving treatments go ahead.
In addition, certain remedial beauty techniques are being used to help with hair and eyelash loss as a result of chemotherapy treatment, and tutorials in make-up and using hair pieces are also proving really important to cancer survivors.
So if you are involved in helping people manage stress and symptoms resulting from cancer diagnosis and treatment enter the Award for cancer care and tells us about your achievements in this area.
Criteria: the judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Clearly thought out project plan or service initiative
- Background research and use of evidence, patient stories and case studies
- Partnership working
- Outcomes beneficial to patients or clients
- Relevance and transferability to other settings or services.
You will need to
- Describe your work or project in 50 words
- Tell us more about the background, your aims and objectives and any evidence that shaped your plans (200 words)
- Tell us about how you worked with others, for example NHS, local government or charity colleagues (100 words)
- What were the benefits for your patients or clients? (100 words)
- What are the key messages for others wanting to do something similar? (100 words)