Funding boost for Lincolnshire cancer services
More than £190,000 of extra funding has been awarded to a Lincolnshire health organisation to continue its work to transform cancer services in the county.
NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group has been working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to transform cancer services for people living in Lincolnshire.
The additional funding from Macmillan – around £194,000 – will enable the team to build on the success of the Macmillan Living with Cancer Programme and continue its work for a further two years.
It is the latest in a long line of funding grants awarded to the organisation, which leads on commissioning cancer services for the whole county.
Kathie McPeake, Macmillan Cancer Development Manager at Lincolnshire West CCG, said: “Our approach to cancer care through the Macmillan Living With Cancer programme has been seen to be effective by Macmillan who have been kind enough to continue their funding to ensure we can put in place everything we have been building up to over the last three years.
“This will include implementing our full Living with Cancer strategy and rolling out the Recovery Package across the county.
“We will use this funding to work right across the system to ensure that everything is fully joined up and that people experience seamless care throughout their cancer experience.
“We want to fully integrate the Macmillan Living With Cancer programme with Neighbourhood Teams and ensure that communication between people with cancer and all the services available is better.
“The money will also help us provide better access to information, advice and support as well as identifying any gaps in service. We will make sure there is equity of experience across the county which meets local needs.”
Mrs McPeake said the Macmillan Living With Cancer programme will continue to focus on the rolling out of the Recovery Package which consists of four elements.
Two usually take place in hospitals – the holistic needs assessment and a treatment summary.
The other two elements usually take place in the community. One of these is health and wellbeing opportunities for patients and the second is the cancer care review.
She said that work would also be done to ensure people who have had experience of cancer are involved in developing services as well as exploring the link between physical activity, fatigue management and recovery.
People with cancer in the county have said that one of their biggest concerns is access to psychological and emotional support and the programme will be working towards transforming this too.
Previous Macmillan funding for the county has seen four posts created to specifically focus on rolling out the Recovery Package and the process to recruit Macmillan GPs in the county continues.
Ruth Willis, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “The Macmillan Living with Cancer Programme is already having a positive impact on cancer services in Lincolnshire and we want to ensure this important work can continue.
“People tell us that their needs change throughout their cancer experience. Whether these changing needs are physical, emotional, practical or financial, we want to make sure they have access to the right information and support when they need it and that’s what this programme is all about.
“I think it’s also important to recognise our supporters, as it’s thanks to generous donations from the public that we’re able to continue funding services like this.”
This is just one example of how Macmillan is helping people living with cancer across Lincolnshire find their best way through.
To find out how you can support Macmillan in Lincolnshire contact Lincolnshire Fundraising Manager Jamie Davenport on 07595 091 384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.