A quality checklist: Your standards of care

We've launched our Quality Checklist to help make quality care a reality for all men with prostate cancer.

Men face a postcode lottery when accessing prostate cancer services across the country. This is unacceptable. To address these inequalities, we have developed a Quality Checklist which outlines the care and support men should expect to receive whether in England, Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland. It is based on research with people affected by prostate cancer and healthcare professionals. We want local NHS bodies to sign up to our Quality Checklist to commit to providing top quality care and support for all men with prostate cancer.

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Campaign update

Jeremy Hunt at the party conference

We took our Quality Checklist to the Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative and SNP party conferences last autumn, and called for politicians to help us make sure that all men get the same high quality care set out in the Checklist. We asked politicians to use their local influence with the NHS to help us get the Checklist adopted across the UK and so improve care for men with prostate cancer. Over the four conferences, we met 31 government ministers and over 160 other politicians.

The next step for the project will be working in some target areas to embed the Checklist. We've invited 13 areas in England and Wales to become pilot sites. In Wales we'll seek support from Assembly Members and health boards and will be developing a Welsh version of the Checklist later this year. We’re delighted that the Minister for Health & Social Services in Wales, Professor Mark Drakeford AM, has endorsed the Checklist. He said: "The Quality Checklist correlates well with our aims set out in our Cancer Deliver Plan. Patients should have access to a key worker to support them through the care pathway and have the opportunity to have their needs captured in a care plan."

We're also in the process of identifying the best places to target in Scotland, with six health boards already having indicated a willingness to work with us. We want to meet and present the Checklist to doctors and specialist nurses within urology departments, and the people who commission urology and cancer services. We'll be asking them to give out the Checklist to diagnosed men and commit to providing the support it sets out. We'll do what we can to support health staff, including making them aware of our health professional education programme, and our award-winning information.

If you would be interested in encouraging your health professionals to adopt the Checklist, please get in touch: lizzie.flew@prostatecanceruk.org.

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Below are some of the MPs and MSPs who support the Checklist.

We have written an audit report that outlines the differences men face in the quality of care around the country. The report is designed to help commissioners and policy makers see how they are performing compared to other areas and also highlights recommendations and support that Prostate Cancer UK can offer.

We have also officially launched the Quality Checklist in four areas across the UK.

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