13 March 2014
Dr Fran Woodard, Director for England at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
'Macmillan Cancer Support is supporting the Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme because we believe it is an innovative example of the voluntary and public sectors working alongside patients, carers, health and social care professionals and the wider community to deliver the best possible outcomes for people affected by cancer.
'This programme will test an integrated approach to the commissioning and management of cancer and end of life care. It has been inspired and informed by the experiences of people with cancer or those who have cared for someone at the end of their life in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. By appointing one organisation to take responsibility for managing the provision of the whole cancer care journey and one for managing the provision of end of life care, and by enshrining a robust system to monitor the way in which services are being delivered, we can demand truly seamless care when and where people need it and ensure no patient or carer gets lost in a complex system. In addition, through this programme we and the NHS will learn how to commission for the future.
'The intention at this stage is for the CCGs and NHS England to appoint organisations with expertise in managing contracts, not to change the organisations who directly deliver cancer care services.
'We hope a whole range of organisations will express their interest but whoever is appointed will be subject to a rigorous oversight and scrutiny for quality, patient safety and outcomes, whether they are from the NHS, the voluntary sector, or from the private sector. The most important thing is that people affected by cancer will be around the table when these decisions are made, and they will continue to be included in the monitoring of the new contracts.
'The programme is one of the Integration Pioneer sites.'
For further information, please contact:
Emma Guise, Head of Media, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4790 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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