P2.23-07 Crucial, Complex, Caring: A Professional Development Framework for Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists (2023)

Type of publication:Conference abstract

Author(s):Clayton K.J.; Fenemore J.; Barton P.; Roberts J.; Ivey S.; *McAdam J.; Shepherd P.; Magee L.

Citation:Journal of Thoracic Oncology. Conference: 2023 World Conference on Lung Cancer. Singapore Singapore. 18(11 Supplement) (pp S397), 2023. Date of Publication: November 2023.

Abstract:Introduction: Lung cancer specialist nursing is a varied, valuable and rewarding career, and the need for lung cancer nurse specialists (LCNS) is increasing. Lung Cancer Nursing UK (LCNUK) wants to encourage nurses to aspire to becoming an LCNS, and to support those already working in lung cancer teams to flourish professionally. We want employers to recognise LCNS' capabilities and to recruit and reward them accordingly. LCNUK therefore set out to draft the first professional development framework for LCNS. The Framework is intended to guide nurses, line managers and employers on the core skills, knowledge and expertise that LCNS will gain and demonstrate as they progress in role. Method(s): LCNUK convened a working group which reviewed exemplars and supporting literature., aligned with the four pillars of advanced practice. Feedback on the draft was sought from expert stakeholders and was approved by the LCNUK Steering Committee. The Framework was developed in a collaboration between LCNUK and MSD, who funded a policy consultancy to provide support. LCNUK retained editorial independence. Result(s): The Framework sets out the qualifications, clinical skills, knowledge, leadership and management and research capabilities that LCNUK expects aspiring and existing LCNS to demonstrate or be working towards. It includes case studies of nurses' career journeys and an example of a successful case for job matching and re-banding. The Framework is available on the LCNUK website at. Conclusion(s): The Framework asserts the crucial role of LCNS in managing safety-critical and complex patient care and in leading service delivery and improvement. We hope it will prove a valuable tool to nurses, employers and policymakers in understanding the complexity and importance of this essential role. Following collaboration with European lung cancer nursing colleagues, via ELCC 2022, while not implemented the value and importance of the framework has been acknowledged by Croatian colleagues.The framework has also been welcomed and acknowledged by the devolved nations of the United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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