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Cancer pain toolkit wins award

Posted on 14 September 2016

A toolkit about tackling cancer pain was highly commended at the BMA Patient Information Awards in London.

The resource ‘Tackling Cancer Pain: A toolkit for Patients and Families’ was developed as part of a five-year NIHR Program Grant called IMPACCT – Improving the Management of Advanced Cancer Pain in the Community. It provides evidence based information and practical advice for patients and their families about self-management of advanced cancer pain.

Senior lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences Kate Flemming was part of a team from the University of Leeds, led by Prof Mike Bennett, to win the award. Others included Dr Nic Hughes, Senior Research Fellow in Palliative Care, Prof Jose Closs, Professor of Nursing, both University of Leeds, Christine Allmark, Patient representative and David Felber, Leeds Media Services.

Kate said: "Tackling Cancer Pain is an educational resource that was developed as a result of an extensive process of literature reviewing, user involvement, and produced with the input of professional film-makers and designers. Being Highly Commended is fantastic recognition for the whole team who contributed to its development."

The reviewer said: "The resource is of an exceptionally high standard; the amount of effort that went into producing and reviewing it is clear. It's very well presented and contains a large amount of helpful information in a clear and easy to read way. This really is an excellent resource."

The BMA Patient Information Awards aim to support and encourage patient-centered care in meeting the needs of patients through the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced information which will promote both greater awareness and understanding of health matters and patient choice.

Pictured above, left to right: Dr Nic Hughes, Professor Jose Closs, Dr Kate Flemming, Christine Allmark and David Felber