CATNAP Aims and Objectives

The aim of the CATNAP project is to share an evidence based, teachable and transferable advanced skills CAT training programme that can be used to train AHPs in NHS-based CAT services. 

On completion of the training programme AHPs should be able to: 

  • Identify ambulant patients with cancer at risk of thrombosis and those who may benefit from primary thromboprophylaxis treatment. 
  • Advise on the most appropriate choice of anticoagulant for primary thromboprophylaxis. 
  • Advise on the most appropriate anticoagulant for the acute treatment of CAT.
  • Advise on the most appropriate duration of anticoagulant treatment. 
  • Advise on the most appropriate anticoagulant for ongoing thromboprophylaxis in high risk patients beyond 6 months of treatment. 
  • Understand the differences of the terms ‘minor-‘, ‘clinically relevant non-major-‘ and ‘major bleeding’. 
  • Advise on the management of minor bleeding.
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms which may indicate recurrent VTE and/or major bleeding and advise on the appropriate management / referral.
  • Be aware of the monitoring requirements for patients receiving anticoagulation and advise appropriately.
  • Be competent in assessing different risks arising from the management and long-term impact of CAT using appropriate risk assessment tools. 
  • Be competent at guiding patients through the patient education material. 
  • Understand the views, preferences and values of patients with cancer when dealing with anticoagulation.