Funding secured to kick-start cancer service transformation
Work to transform cancer services across Lincolnshire will soon get underway after health bosses secured more than £240,000 of Macmillan funding.
The Living With and Beyond Cancer programme has been designed to make sure that everyone in Lincolnshire who has a cancer diagnosis has access to all the different types of support that they need in the places that they need it.
The programme is about using what services the county already has while aligning with other work going on in Lincolnshire to make sure there is one integrated service. Some new services could also be developed if the need is identified.
The project is being led by NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and Macmillan Cancer Support has already funded the programme development manager’s post for three years.
Now, Macmillan has granted funding of £243,512 for two community programme facilitators for two years, meaning work can soon get underway on the ground.
Kathie Longbone, Macmillan Cancer Support Development Manager at NHS Lincolnshire West CCG, who is leading the programme, said she was delighted by the news and was excited about what could now be achieved.
She said: “This money will enable us to appoint two people to help us roll out what is known as the Recovery Package in communities across Lincolnshire.
“The Recovery Package is something that has to be rolled out by all health trusts across England by 2020 and consists of four elements.
“Two of these usually take place in hospitals – the holistic needs assessment and a treatment summary.
‘’A holistic needs assessment aims to find out what sort of help and support patients need at various times of need and especially at the end of their treatment to be able to live their lives to full after a cancer diagnosis.
‘’The Treatment Summary is where consultants and other clinicians compile a report of a patient’s treatment and send it to their GP. This is so that their GP is aware of the treatment that’s been given as there may be implications from treatment further down the line.
“Macmillan has already committed funding for the project facilitator in hospitals. Once all posts are filled, there will be lots of joint working between all of the project facilitators.
“The other two elements of the Recovery Package usually take place in the community. This is where the two new community facilitators will focus their work.
“The first element is the cancer care review which at the moment is done by the GP. This looks at what the patient’s treatment is or has been and what their other needs may be within the community.
“The other element is health and wellbeing opportunities which for us will mean creating a health and wellbeing environment. Our two project facilitators will be working with Neighbourhood Teams – groups carrying out work to better understand and provide health services to match the needs of different populations – to look at what is needed to embed the Recovery Package in.
“This is such exciting news because it means Macmillan are funding a transformation programme and not just direct service delivery. It will allow us to make much more of a difference to people’s lives.
“They are giving us the opportunity to transform the way things are done and make that sustainable. The reason it is going to be sustainable is rather than setting up services in isolation we are looking to use what services we have already got, align the way we work with Neighbourhood Teams and especially putting an emphasis on people being able to actively self manage.
“As there is so much variance around the county we need to make sure what we put in place in communities is suitable for that community. For example, the East Coast has lots of older people so the way to support them is different from other places with a different demographic.”
It is hoped the project will kick off in Gainsborough and Boston simultaneously in April, before then working in Lincoln South federation, Stamford, Grantham and Spalding with eventual coverage over the whole county by 2020.