Macmillan GPs to be hired in Lincolnshire
Four new Macmillan funded GPs specialising in cancer and palliative care will soon be working in Lincolnshire thanks to a funding agreement.
The GPs, hosted by NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, will not see patients themselves but will be on hand to offer training and support for their colleagues, while helping identify improvements in pathway redesign.
Funded for two years, the posts will focus on the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer programme, tumour site specific work and palliative and end of life care
Kathie Longbone, Macmillan Cancer Support Development Manager at NHS Lincolnshire West CCG, said she was delighted these positions were to be created in Lincolnshire.
She said: “Having Macmillan GPs in Lincolnshire will be a huge boost.
“The positions will mean we will have experts dedicating their time to improving cancer treatments and support services available to patients in the county.
“The GPs appointed to these roles will also play a key part in being the link between primary and secondary care for patients who receive a cancer diagnosis.
“Coupled with the work being done as part of the Living With and Beyond Cancer programme, we are making great progress in improving treatments, services and support for those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
“These roles could be suitable for newly qualified GPs, those returning from a career break, GPs nearing retirement or looking to reduce their hours, or those who want to develop a portfolio speciality.
“We are looking at the possibility of extending the roles beyond the initial two year funding and we are confident the ideal candidates are already within our workforce.”
Ruth Willis, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Lincolnshire, said: “These roles will really help us to develop and improve cancer services in Lincolnshire, identifying areas for improvement and providing vital cancer expertise to local GPs so they can respond better to the needs of local people living with cancer.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about the positions should contact Kathie at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group on 01522 513355.
For more information from a clinical perspective, interested GPs can contact Dr Pauline Love, Macmillan GP Advisor, East Midlands on firstname.lastname@example.org