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Health: Prostate Cancer

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What response they will make to the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action report arguing the case for clinical nurse specialists in prostate cancer. [HL596]

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has identified clinical nurse specialists as core members of the urology multidisciplinary team in its Improving Outcomes in Urological Cancers guidance issued in 2002. It is for cancer networks to work in partnership with strategic health authorities, National Health Service trusts and postgraduate deaneries to put in place a sustainable process to assess, plan and review their workforce needs and the education and training of all staff linked to local and national priorities for cancer including the implementation of NICE improving outcomes guidance.