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Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA)
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An Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) is a recognised assessment tool that allows an individual with a cancer diagnosis to identify their most significant concerns at key points along their cancer pathway
The assessment covers a wide range of concerns that an individual may have about any area of their life. These concerns can be Physical, Spiritual, Financial, Emotional and Practical. The needs identified on the eHNA are then discussed with their Key Worker to create a Care Plan and discuss possible solutions.
The Care Plan is a document created between the person affected by cancer and their Key Worker. The Care Plan is designed to give an individual the tools and confidence to manage their own health. It will contain some actions for the Key Worker and the individual - it will provide information and signposting to local services. A copy of the Care Plan will be given to the patient and their GP - The GP can then understand which concerns have been raised and address any actions raised by the Key Worker.
Benefits of completing an eHNA
- It can help you identify concerns that have been on your mind
- It isn’t just about looking at the symptoms of cancer - it helps your Key Worker understand what is important to you
- Your Key Worker can refer you on to other services that may be beneficial to you
- Personalised individual care, tailored to your concerns
Our aim at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to implement the eHNA within all of the cancer teams to enable people affected by cancer to identify their concerns throughout their journey.
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