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
If you would be interested in encouraging your health
professionals to adopt the Checklist, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.