NHS leaders in Staffordshire and Macmillan Cancer Support have welcomed the news that they have been named as one of a small number of pioneers across the country that are transforming healthcare.
The project sees five of Staffordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups and Macmillan working together to transform the way people with cancer or those at the end of their lives are cared for and supported.
The Government’s Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb named Staffordshire as one of 14 pioneering initiatives that are using innovative ways to look at how health and care is being delivered to patients by bringing services closer together than ever before.
The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme was launched last month at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium. It will look at commissioning services in a new way – so that there would be one principal organisation for the overall provision of cancer care and one for end of life care.
Andrew Donald, Chief Officer, Cannock Chase and Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been named nationally as one of the programmes leading the way on integration and putting patients at the centre of the care they receive. Here in Staffordshire we want to provide people with world-class cancer and end of life care and it is good to see that the work we’re doing has been nationally recognised.
“But for us this is all about our patients. We know from patient experience that some feel lost in the system and don’t know where to turn to for help or direction and that is clearly not good enough. We also know that people are dying in hospital when their wish is to die at home. We want to change that so that care is delivered differently here in the county,” he added.
Stephen Richards, Director of Professional Engagement, Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We are very pleased that this ground-breaking programme has been recognised as a pioneer. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the toughest things any of us can face. No-one should face these challenges alone. Macmillan is determined that through this programme, no-one in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent will. ”
The CCGs are aiming to have appointed the prime providers in time for them to start delivering cancer and end of life care from April 2015.
A series of road-shows to find out what patients and carers think of cancer and end of life care are now drawing to a close. However if you are a patient or carer and would like to get involved it’s not too late. Please contact Rachel Bentley on 01785 221041or email Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org to have your say.