Tuesday 16th December 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2014
Macmillan has created Your Cancer Care to encourage people affected by cancer to engage with their treatment and care as equal partners and to make sure they receive the best experience possible, at every stage of their journey
This leaflet lets people know what they should expect from their care by outlining the eight behaviours of the Macmillan Values Based Standard®. It also provides information on how people can become more involved, such as by providing feedback and discussing their needs.
The eight behaviours of the Macmillan Values Based Standard® outlined in the Your Cancer Care leaflet were developed together with more than 300 patients and their carers, along with healthcare professionals – and are based upon human rights principles. These behaviours emphasise co-productive behaviours between staff and patients. The behaviours therefore support people affected by cancer to actively play a part in ensuring their care is delivered in the best way for them.
Emma Elliott, a Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse, explains how she will be using Your Cancer Care at Basildon Hospital:
‘This leaflet is a really helpful guide for people diagnosed with cancer. The information is clear and understandable for both people affected by cancer and healthcare professionals. Patients have been involved in the development of this leaflet, making it a true reflection of what people want to know when they are receiving care for cancer. In addition, the leaflet could help people have the confidence to discuss their entitlements with their multidisciplinary team, making them feel more in control of their cancer care. We will stock the leaflet in the hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre and it will be available for all patients at the point of being diagnosed with a cancer.’
You can let people know about this new resource by handing it out directly or including it in information packs, and encouraging your colleagues to do the same. Encouraging people to become more involved in how their care is delivered will help to improve their experience. And it may also support action planning against the latest National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.
Visit be.macmillan.org.uk/yourcancercare to order copies for your team today. Find out more about the Macmillan Values Based Standard® at learnzone.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org