Project managers join to transform cancer services
Work to transform cancer services across Lincolnshire has started following the appointment of three new project facilitators.
The Living With and Beyond Cancer programme in the county 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.
This includes inside the hospital setting as well as out in the communities of Lincolnshire.
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, three new members of staff have started work on helping to transform support and services available to cancer patients. They will also roll out the Recovery Package across the county.
Fiona Roche and Aaron Hall will be working in the communities. Sue Wilson will lead the work in the hospitals. Sue will be drawing on her experience and learning from a previous acute hospital experience. All their posts have been funded for two years by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Aaron, who will be focusing on the Boston area before looking at Spalding and Stamford, said: “Lincolnshire has many difficulties when it comes to the roll out of the Recovery Package, most notably the size and geography of the county.
Feel good factor
“We want to look at how plausible it is to roll it out and bridge any gaps that are identified. We will be working with Neighbourhood Teams to ensure there is a more integrated service for patients in their communities.
“I am looking forward to the feel good factor of being able to help people who are affected by cancer.
“Having come from a background where I have worked directly with patients, I am looking forward to having a more strategic role. I’m looking forward to it as I have the experience and knowledge that comes with having worked directly with patients before.”
The Recovery Package has to be rolled out by all health trusts across England by 2020. It consists of four elements.
Two usually take place in hospitals – the holistic needs assessment and a treatment summary.
An Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) aims to identify the highest concerns a patient might have before, during or after their treatment so that the most appropriate help and support can be provided at the right time. The patient should be given a copy of the HNA and a copy sent to inform their GP.
Patients will be given a copy of their Treatment Summary. This is a document that explains the treatment they have received and on-going care required. This document is completed by the clinician.
A copy is sent to their GP so they aware of the treatment their patient has had and identifies any further support that the GP may need to provide.
The other two elements of the Recovery Package usually take place in the community. The first element is the cancer care review. At the moment this is done by the GP.
It 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. The programme aims to be working in all Neighbourhood Team areas by 2020.
Fiona, who has worked in roles with a health and wellbeing background for 11 years, will be working in Gainsborough. She will then focus on Lincoln South and Grantham.
She said: “Our immediate aim is trying to figure out what is available now by way of services in communities.
“We want to see what is missing and what we can do to put things in place to fill the gaps.
“Our roles are to be the people on the ground. We work out what is available and make the experience for patients less disjointed.
“The aim is to get them back into their communities. We want them making use of what is available to them out there as soon as possible.”
Sue added that the three face a big challenge in such a large rural county but that she was looking forward to working with Aaron and Fiona to help improve the support given to cancer patients in Lincolnshire.