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Electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA)

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 discussed with their Key Worker to create a Care Plan and discuss possible solutions. The Care Plan will summarise the actions of both the professional and patient.

A copy of the Care Plan will be given to the patient and their GP.

Benefits of completing an eHNA

The eHNA & Care Plan can make a big difference to the overall experience of their care. It can help people realise that their concerns are important and not unusual. It opens the door for discussion and it can help further inform people about further support.

  • 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

All individuals with a cancer diagnosis should receive an eHNA at diagnosis, end of treatment and at other significant phases during their treatment. You can request an eHNA at any time by contacting your Cancer Nurse Specialist team.

If you would like more information click here.


Interested in helping to develop Cancer Services in York & Scarborough? Click here for Focus Groups available in York & Scarborough

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