What is Supported Self-Management Pathway?
Supported Self-Management Pathway (SSMP) previously known as Patient Initiated Follow Up (PIFU) is our process of follow up for patients after treatment for breast cancer. In this follow up you will not receive annual follow up appointments. There is now good evidence to show that following up patients in this way does not really help. SSMP encourages you to be in control of your breast cancer follow up and empower you to know what to look out for in the future.
Instead of annual follow ups, we encourage you to call the SSMP co-ordinator (01722 336262 ext. 2417) who can co-ordinate and communicate with your breast team to answer questions or deal with any concerns if/when they arrive. Depending on the surgery you have had, you will still have annual mammograms under the breast unit for 5 years post surgery.
When entered into this follow up, you will be provided with an SSMP booklet, information on breast awareness and also invited to an Moving Forward Clinic (please see below).
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.