Brighton and Hove health chiefs win funding for prostate campaign

Posted On 07 Nov 2013 at 10:34 am

Health chiefs in Brighton and Hove are working with a national charity to encourage more men to check whether they have the signs of prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer UK has awarded funding for a specialist nurse to work with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on a one-year pilot project.

They hope to target men who are at a higher risk of having prostate cancer and help them make an informed choice about having a test known as the PSA test.

They said: “Prostate cancer kills one man every hour and the number of men with the disease is rising at an alarming rate.

“While it is already the most common cancer in men, it is predicted to become the most prevalent of all cancers in the UK by 2030.

“Prostate Cancer UK and Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group are looking for an experienced individual to deliver an innovative pilot project to help men at higher risk of prostate cancer make an informed choice about having a PSA test.

“This pilot aims to identify how balanced information about the PSA test can be delivered more proactively through GP practices.

“Working across the community, and primary and secondary care providers in the Brighton and Hove region, you will deliver prostate cancer awareness talks to targeted community groups and set up and manage a pop-in prostate health information hub moving to varied community locations.

“You will identify and implement processes to facilitate better access to primary care diagnostic services for men at higher risk of prostate cancer where appropriate.

“This post is offered as a one-year fixed-term contract with Brighton and Hove CCG, funded by Prostate Cancer UK.”

The specialist nurse will be paid £30,000 to £40,000 for the year. The closing date for applications was yesterday (Wednesday 6 November).

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