A pioneering new programme is being planned in Lincolnshire to transform how people live with and beyond cancer – and it needs your help.
The programme is being spearheaded by the four Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups and Macmillan Cancer Support.
It aims to bring together health and social care organisations, voluntary groups and charitable organisations in order to provide a comprehensive and holistic network of support for all people in Lincolnshire affected by cancer.
The project is in the early planning stages and the team behind the programme are keen for the views and experiences of people living with cancer, their loved ones, carers and health professionals to be at the heart of it.
People across Lincolnshire are being asked to make their voices heard by taking part in a simple online survey, available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BeyondCancer by Friday, 24th February 2017.
More people than ever are now living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis in the UK. This is an especially pressing issue in Lincolnshire, as the average age is higher than in the rest of England and the number of people in the county over 75 is set to double in the next twenty years.
Kathie Longbone, Macmillan Cancer Development Manager at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Our ambition is that every person in Lincolnshire with a cancer diagnosis is offered support during their cancer journey.
“The number of people living with a cancer diagnosis in the UK is set to double from more than two million in 2010 to four million by 2030.
“This programme is a golden opportunity to shape how people receive support in Lincolnshire and get the fantastic organisations which help them collaborating in new ways.
“It has the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives. We would welcome the opportunity to come out and speak to cancer support groups across the county.
Elaine Wilson, Macmillan Strategic Partnership Manager for the East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be launching this programme with the four Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups and look forward to working with those affected by cancer to make sure that the support provided is tailored to their needs.
“I urge anyone who has had a cancer experience in Lincolnshire to help us shape this project, by taking a few minutes to fill out the survey.
“We want people to tell us about their views and experiences, so we can ensure that we design a programme that puts the needs of patients and carers at its heart.”
There will also be drop-in events and engagement with cancer support groups across the county.
An open event between people living with and beyond cancer and health professionals will follow, and is planned for Wednesday, 15th March.
It will all help build a delivery model for the programme, supported by further funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.
The programme will work in a similar way to the partnership between Macmillan and the NHS in Nottinghamshire by developing individual projects and programmes of work which are all integrated to meet the needs of people living with cancer. More information about the Macmillan Cancer Partnership in Nottinghamshire can be found online at www.macmillan.org.uk/ programmes-and-services/cancer-partnership-nottinghamshire