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Holistic Needs Assessment

What is a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA)?

Being diagnosed with cancer can affect many areas of your life. This is why you may be offered a holistic needs assessment (HNA). This assessment identifies concerns you may have - physical, emotional, practical, financial and spiritual. You will discuss these with your health or social care professional and make a care plan to address your care and support needs. 

It will give you a chance to think about your concerns and discuss possible solutions.   An HNA usually has three parts:

  • A simple set of questions or check list to identify any concerns you may have (see 'concerns checklist' under related links)
  • A discussion with your health or social care professional (within CDDFT this will usually be your Clinical Nurse Specialist) 
  • The development of a written care plan.

The questions will take around ten minutes to complete.

You will then meet with your health or social care professional to discuss the issues you have and think of possible solutions. Together you will agree on a plan of action to address your concerns. This is then written down as your care plan. You will receive a copy of this plan to take away.







'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham