A new advocacy group chaired by the former health minister, Ann Keen RN, has called for better patient access and care to regulated medicinal cannabis.
Cannabis Patient Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS) is working with charity groups and healthcare providers to aid those with long term conditions such as resistant epilepsy, MS and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Keen said at the event: “As a former community District Nursing Sister, I am aware that today’s Nurses require education and training to inform and support the patient and family with the best knowledge that we have, with the most up to date understanding of cannabis-based medicinal products.”
CPASS launched on November 12 at the Royal College of Nursing with advocates calling for clinical nurse specialist (CNS nurses) to deliver the best care for patients in light of upcoming announcements regarding cannabis-based medicinal products.
Advisory board member to CPASS, Dr Lina Eliasson, PhD, said: “I salute the Royal College of Nursing for taking the lead amongst professional healthcare bodies to support medical cannabis reform in the UK.
“I hope other medical Royal Colleges and Faculties follow suit to ensure that all healthcare professionals are appropriately informed. This would reduce the stigma still attached to using cannabis-based medical products as well as facilitate the implementation of safe and effective processes for prescription and supply of medical cannabis to those in need”.