Thursday 19th September 2013
Macmillan is piloting four new roles to meet the increasing need for long-term support for people affected by cancer.
They will ensure people receive one-to-one support from the right professional at the right time, to meet their individual needs.
The four roles are:
- Macmillan complex case manager
- Macmillan nurse primary care (based within GP practices)
- Macmillan nurse community care
- Macmillan cancer support worker.
As of June, post holders were in place in 13 of 16 planned pilot sites across the UK.
Macmillan Development Manager Maggie Crowe is working with four hospital trusts in Bristol to implement the pilot. ‘The post holders are enjoying the challenge,’ she says. ‘They are helping people to address many issues.’
‘Of particular note is the number of people they are seeing who have finished treatment and need support, but fall between services and are not helped to live as active and fulfilling a life as they could.’
So far, the pilots have shown that:
- Macmillan cancer support worker roles are popular
- the new posts seem to be reducing workload in other services
- recruitment to the Macmillan nurse community care posts is a challenge
- feedback suggests satisfaction with the service is high among the people affected by cancer who have been seen so far.
Two Learn and Share events have brought one-to-one pilot teams from different regions together. A third event is planned for later this year. An interim report on the progress of the pilots will be available soon.
For more information, email Becky Wadsworth or visit the one-to-one support implementation project page.
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