The Trust is working with the Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Group, Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance and Macmillan Cancer Support to establish a programme of work to ensure people affected by cancer across the Fylde coast have access to personalised care. Personalised care is based on ‘what matters’ to people and their individual strengths and needs. The elements of personalised care include:
- Personalised Care and Support Planning (based on holistic needs assessments) ensures people’s physical, practical, emotional and social needs are identified and addressed at the earliest opportunity
- End of Treatment Summaries provide both the person and their GP with valuable information, including a detailed summary of treatment completed, potential side effects, signs and symptoms of recurrence and contact details to address any concerns
- Primary Care Cancer Care Review is a discussion between the person and their GP/primary care Nurse about their cancer journey. This helps the person to discuss any concerns, and, if appropriate, to be referred to services or signposted to information and support that is available in their community and from charities.
- Health and Wellbeing Information and Support includes the provision of accessible information about emotional support, coping with side effects, financial advice, getting back to work and making healthy lifestyle choices. This support will be available before, during and after cancer treatment.
Providing personalised supported self-management follow-up care
The NHS Long Term Plan for Cancer states that by 2021: ‘After treatment, the person will move to a follow-up pathway that suits their needs, and ensures they can get rapid access to clinical support where they are worried that their cancer may have recurred.’
Having supported self-management pathways means that when a person completes their primary treatment, they will be offered:
- Information about signs and symptoms to look out for, which could suggest their cancer has recurred
- Rapid re-access to their cancer team, including telephone advice and support, if they are worried about any symptoms, including possible side-effects of treatment
- Regular surveillance scans or tests (depending on cancer type), with quicker and easier access to results so that any anxiety is kept to a minimum and
- Personalised care and support planning and support for self-management, to help them to improve their health and wellbeing in the long-term.
Good progress has been made to implement these pathways for breast, colorectal and prostate cancers.
If you would like more information about any of the projects, please email Jessica Jones on Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org