Transforming cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire

Macmillan Cancer Support’s priority is and always will be to improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer. We are supporting the Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent because it will help improve cancer survival rates, patient experience and ensure people in those areas can die where they choose.

How we hope care will be transformed in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
How we hope care will be transformed in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

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The issue

There are over 60 different organisations responsible for delivering cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and at the moment no one is taking responsibility for making sure they work together in the best interest of the patient. This system is complicated, chaotic and not working.

Patients tell us they often have to deal with changed appointments, missing notes, turning up and having to repeat their story, not getting the right help or advice, not always being able to get care at home after they are discharged from hospital.

Too many of them are rushed back into hospital in an emergency because they don’t have the support they need to stay at home. Ultimately, too many of them die in hospital rather than where they choose.

We want to change that.

Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care

Jen talks about her discovery of breast cancer and how she felt during the treatment process. Maurice is a patient champion campaigning for better end of life care. He shares his views on how the system can be improved to help people and their families.

Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care

Jen talks about her discovery of breast cancer and how she felt during the treatment process. Maurice is a patient champion campaigning for better end of life care. He shares his views on how the system can be improved to help people and their families.

Why are we supporting the programme?

Putting patients first

Patients, doctors and nurses in Staffordshire tell us the system isn’t joined up, doesn’t work and patients are not getting support at the very time they need it most. Macmillan’s involvement will ensure patients are heard and their needs are at the heart of this programme.

You can read more about the aims of the programme on the Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care website.

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Coordination of care

By coordinating care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we will improve cancer survival rates, give people the best possible experience during their treatment, and ensure people can die where they choose.

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Matching the best survival rates in England

The programme aims to move the four CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups – the local NHS bodies) from delivering average survival rates, to rates that match the best in England.

If the programme can improve average survival rates to match the best CCG in England today, we estimate that by the end of the programme around 1,400 people will be alive one year after a cancer diagnosis who would otherwise not be.

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Get involved

For programme enquiries:

Macmillan Project Executive Assistant, Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme

2 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP

01785 356738

Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme website

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