Supporting you through your cancer care

Macmillan Cancer Support and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are working together to deliver a better experience for people with cancer in north west London.

We are using evidence and expert knowledge to shape services so that all patients experience the best possible care and support, at every stage of their journey, from diagnosis to end of treatment and beyond. The aim is to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

With an investment of almost £3 million from Macmillan, the partnership will:

  • Connect and strengthen support, so cancer patients experience a smooth treatment journey
  • Fully integrate cancer services and the sharing of information between different care professionals
  • Improve the support and self-management of people living with and beyond cancer

The partnership is also focused on training and education to enable healthcare professionals to deliver more compassionate and personalised cancer care, as well as help empower patients to take control of their own cancer treatment and care.

The first phase of the partnership has already delivered 11 new cancer nurse specialists, established the Macmillan navigator service, rolled out the Schwartz Rounds to facilitate staff support, and begun the work looking at living with and beyond cancer.

During the second phase of the programme we will focus on how best to support people living with and beyond cancer.

Thanks to earlier diagnosis and improvements in cancer treatment, increasing numbers of people in north west London are living for many years after diagnosis. This is good news. But with more people getting cancer and living longer with it, we all need to be prepared to support people as they cope with receiving a cancer diagnosis and then help them feel more like themselves after treatment.

This means supporting people to regain control and cope with the ongoing physical and emotional effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

We want to put people affected by cancer at the heart of everything we do because they know the most about living with and beyond cancer. This is why we are engaging widely on what the next phase of the joint work should look like and what needs to be done to ensure that no one faces cancer, or the effects of cancer, alone.