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Patients benefit from £400k cancer funding boost

The cancer services team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have successfully secured £400k in funding between now and 2020, from the Macmillan ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ programme to help improve the experience of people diagnosed with breast, prostate and bowel cancer in South and Mid Yorkshire.

Patients will benefit from a significant investment aimed at improvements in the level and provision of support provided during and after cancer treatment.

The bid was put together with support from the Macmillan ‘Living with and Beyond Cancer’ programme team in South Yorkshire, following engagement with key

stakeholders including commissioners, patient representatives, clinical teams from the Trust, primary care, voluntary organisations and Macmillan.            

The programme, which is very much patient led, will enable every adult living with breast, colorectal or prostate cancer in the local area, to have extra support and care from diagnosis onwards, as part of the ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ Programme, by 2020.

Once the new support pathways have been tested in these cancer sites it will be extended to all cancers.

Breast, prostate and colorectal cancers affect a significant percentage of people in the Mid Yorkshire area and are among the most common cancers in the UK.

The main aims of the programme, which the funding will help to implement, include looking at how cancer follow ups will be done and will include remote monitoring, self-management where appropriate, and consultant led review, as well as the implementation of holistic assessments at key points in the cancer pathway using universal electronic tools across the Trust for all teams.

The cancer team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will be recruiting more cancer support staff to be able to support more patients, in more locations. The funding will enable an improved support framework across both primary and secondary care so patients will have the same access to support wherever they may present, be it at their GP or local hospital.

Keely Clawson, Lead Cancer Nurse, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding to make sure everyone with cancer has access to the right treatment and support throughout their journey. We want to make sure people are diagnosed earlier and get personalised follow-up care closer to home. The funding will ensure self-management programmes are more readily available and promoted more widely to patients.”

The Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme will run until 2020 to ensure all aspects of the project are embedded into normal practice across the whole mid Yorkshire region.

Richard Metcalfe, Macmillan Programme Manager, welcomes the collaboration with the national charity, he said: “People diagnosed with cancer tell us that getting the right support, at the right time makes a massive difference to their experience of cancer care and support.

“Macmillan’s partnership with the NHS in Mid Yorkshire is an exciting opportunity to ensure that support is tailored around the person affected by cancer and their families.  It is our ambition that everyone diagnosed will receive this high quality care by 2020.”

Find out more about the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme