Aiming for a holistic integrated service for men diagnosed with prostate cancer – Definitions of standards and skill sets for nurses and allied healthcare professionals

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Purpose To establish a comprehensive set of recommendations for the service structure and skill set of nurses and allied healthcare professionals in prostate cancer care. Methods Using components of formal consensus methodology, a 30-member multidisciplinary panel produced 53 items for discussion relating to the provision of care for prostate cancer patients by specialist nurses and allied healthcare professionals. Items were developed by two rounds of email correspondence in which, first, items were generated and, second, items refined to form the basis of a consensus meeting which constituted the third round of review. The fourth and final round was an email review of the consensus output. Results The panel agreed on 33 items that were appropriate for recommendations to be made. These items were grouped under categories of “Environment” and “Patient Pathway” and included comments on training, leadership, communication and quality assessment as well as specific items related to prostate diagnosis clinics, radical treatment clinics and follow-up survivor groups. Conclusions Specialist nurses and allied healthcare professionals play a vital role alongside urologists and oncologists to provide care to men with prostate cancer and their families. We present a set of standards and consensus recommendations for the roles and skill-set required for these practitioners to provide gold-standard prostate cancer care. These recommendations could form the basis for development of comprehensive integrated prostate cancer pathways in prostate cancer centres as well as providing guidance for any units treating men with prostate cancer.


  • Alastair D Lamb
  • Sue Thompson
  • Netty Kinsella
  • Ingmar Gerbitz
  • Elaine Chapman
  • Lisa Putt
  • Sophie Bennett
  • Vineetha Thankappannair
  • Lisa Geoghegan
  • Naomi Wright
  • Alison Stirton-Croft
  • Penny Nixon
  • Andrew Styling
  • Diane Whitney
  • Lindsay Hodgson
  • Lisa Punt
  • Jenny Longmore
  • Mike Carter
  • Bill Petch
  • Yvonne Rimmer
  • Simon Russell
  • Luke Hughes-Davies
  • Danish Mazhar
  • Nimish C. Shah
  • Vincent J. Gananapragasam
  • Andrew Doble
  • Christof Kastner
External organisations
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Royal Marsden Hospital
  • University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Peterborough City Hospital
  • Maggies Wallace
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cancer and Oncology
  • Nursing


  • Allied Health Personnel, Holistic health, Patient care pathway, Prostate cancer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 1
Publication categoryResearch