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Macmillan has had a strong programme of work in primary care since the development of the Macmillan GP role in 1992, in partnership with the Royal College of GPs. Since then, a mature community of primary care professionals has developed, consisting of approximately 250 Macmillan GPs and primary care cancer leads.
The key focus of these roles has been to produce recognisable improvements in the quality of cancer and palliative care provided by primary health care teams within the local health economy and at national level in the four UK nations.
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GPs across England are being recruited to test a new electronic decision-support tool designed to identify people who might have cancer. This is as part of a drive by Macmillan Cancer Support to improve early diagnosis of the disease, which will be evaluated by Cancer Research UK and is part-funded by the Department of Health.
GP practices across fifteen cancer networks will be recruited to test the Cancer Decision Support Tool which helps GPs recognise the symptoms of five cancer types – including hard to detect cancers such as ovarian and pancreatic cancer. GPs at 60 practices across the UK have already tested an earlier version of the tool, and an evaluation of the pilot found them to be beneficial in highlighting certain symptoms and combinations of symptoms.
You can view more information about the project|, FAQs| and a summary of the previous pilot.|
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Macmillan’s Health and Social Care team produce a quarterly “Primary Care Update” e-newsletter to inform Macmillan GPs, Primary Care Cancer Leads and the wider GP and primary care community of developments within Macmillan Cancer Support, including activities within primary care that may be of interest. If you would like to subscribe, please contact Helen Rickard.
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