‘We’re involving patients in transforming cancer services’
Kathie McPeake, Macmillan Cancer Development Manager at Lincolnshire West CCG, discusses additional funding and how it will be spent to improve cancer services in Lincolnshire…
The start of 2019 has been an exciting time for the cancer team working across Lincolnshire’s health and care system.
We’ve had additional funding granted, new appointments made to posts across the county and are looking to launch a new Co-production Group.
We know there is always more that can be done to improve support and services for those patients with cancer.
As a team, we are committed to doing everything we can to achieve those improvements.
That is why funding grants are always most welcome. Much like the grant of just over £1 million that Lincolnshire has received from the East Midlands Cancer Alliance.
This money will be used in a number of different ways, including improving our 62 day performance.
This is the amount of time a patient waits from referral to treatment. The tumour areas we are particularly focusing on are colorectal, prostate and lung.
Living With Cancer programme
The money is also going to be spent on the Living With Cancer programme, by funding three posts for 12 months.
These will explore how we can improve information, advice and support services for patients with cancer. They will also look at how we can achieve improvement within follow up pathways after a patient has had treatment.
Macmillan Cancer Support has also been kind enough to grant us a further £30,000. This will fund a Co-production Group as part of the Living With Cancer programme.
This group will run for two years and it will lead on the co-design of elements of the programme.
Co-production is a way of working that involves people who use health and care services, carers and communities in equal partnership. It engages groups of people at the earliest stages of service design, development and evaluation.
The process acknowledges that people with ‘lived experience’ of a particular condition are often best placed to advise on what support and services will make a positive difference to their lives.
Done well, co-production helps to ground discussions in reality. It maintains a person-centred perspective.
We believe it is important we fully embrace the values of co-production around our work on cancer services.
Local experts Every-One will be launching the group in May. They’ll be looking for between 10 and 15 people affected by cancer to have a say in shaping cancer services in Lincolnshire.
Information on how to register your interest in the Co-production Group will be made available through a number of routes very soon.
Finally, I am delighted to say that we have offered four GPs the position of Macmillan GP for the county. These posts have again been funded by Macmillan for two years.
The GPs will start in April. They’ll be working across Lincolnshire, focusing on the Macmillan Living With Cancer programme, tumour site specific work and palliative and end of life care.
Having Macmillan GPs in Lincolnshire will be a huge boost. We will have experts dedicating their time to improving cancer treatments and support services available to patients.
They will also play a key part in being the link between primary and secondary care for patients.
As you can see, there is lots of work being done to improve support and services available to patients with cancer in Lincolnshire.
We are determined to make a difference with what we do and involve patients in doing so.