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Holistic Needs Assessment

A Macmillan funded project is underway within our Trust to implement a Holistic Needs Assessment for people living with and beyond cancer. This project aims to embed the use of Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) into routine practice. The HNA forms part of the recovery package, within the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer (LWBC) programme. Working in partnership with the NHS, this aims to help people diagnosed with cancer live healthy and active lives for as long as possible.

Initially, the Holistic Needs Assessment project will focus on 3 cancer sites: Breast, Colorectal and Prostate. The aim is to roll out the Holistic Needs Assessment to all cancer sites.


What is a Holistic Needs Assessment?

A holistic (psychological, social, economic, practical, physical, spiritual) assessment identifies the individual needs of the person affected by cancer:

  • It allows the health consultation to focus on the needs identified and prioritised by the person with cancer or a carer or relative of someone with cancer
  • It acts as part of the care planning process in the context of a collaborative working relationship between patient and Health Care Professional (HCP)
  • A Holistic Needs Assessment Care Plan is developed and appropriate referrals can be made to other service
  • The patient receives a copy of the Holistic Needs Assessment Care Plan and a further copy is stored in the notes and may be sent to the GP

Contact Details

If you would like to find out more about the Holistic Needs Assessment project, or give feedback about these Intranet pages, please e-mail:

National Drivers for the Holistic Needs Assessments

Macmillan Recovery Package

The Holistic Needs Assessment is part of a wider National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) Recovery Package
This includes:

  • Holistic Needs Assessments
  • Care Plans
  • End of Treatment Summaries and Education and Support programme
  • Introducing risk stratified pathways
  • Launching a community-based Cancer Survivorship Service

More information about the Recovery Package can be found here


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