National Cancer Survivorship Initiative
Macmillan has partnered with the Department of Health, supported by NHS Improvement, to create the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative a key initiative of the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007), working to improve services for cancer survivors in England.
The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI) originated from the Cancer Reform Strategy (2007). The NCSI is a partnership between us and the Department of Health, and is supported by NHS Improvement.
The aim of the NCSI is to ensure that those living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.
In January 2010, the NCSI published a vision document (2010) [PDF 1.81MB]which summarised a range of evidence that suggested the current follow up arrangements – which usually involve outpatient appointments at cancer centres – are not meeting all cancer survivors’ needs following treatment and do not provide value for money. These unmet needs of cancer survivors include medical, psychological, social, spiritual, financial and informational needs.
To date we have been working to develop and test initiatives around the vision and five key shifts to help health and social care professionals improve care and support for cancer survivors focusing on:
Support from the point of diagnosis
Managing the consequences of treatment
Supporting people with active and advanced diseases
The Initiative is co-chaired by the National Cancer Director, Professor Sir Mike Richards, and the Chief Executive of Macmillan, Ciarán Devane. NHS Improvement is supporting the delivery of the NCSI through piloting models of improved care and support around the country.
Find out more about this key partnership between Macmillan, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement at the NCSI website.