14 March 2014
MCIP Programme Lead Janet Tonge facilitating a workshop on GP practice Cancer Champions.
‘Improving cancer care in Manchester’ – It’s a simple phrase, but actually identifying needs and developing solutions are often complex tasks.
The Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) was set up in December 2012 and brings together Macmillan Cancer Support, Manchester’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups, its hospitals, people affected by cancer, Manchester City Council, GPs and St Ann’s Hospice to find new ways of working together that will give everyone a better cancer care experience and ultimately increase survival rates.
MCIP’s Programme Lead Janet Tonge began her career in social welfare and engaging communities in her university city of Oxford and went on to lead complex and challenging multi-agency regeneration, health and social care projects across the public and third sector.
'I’m excited by this partnership. Manchester as a city has a culture of innovation and there’s a tremendous energy and optimism among all the professionals involved in the MCIP. I feel privileged to be helping make this incredibly important ambition happen.'
The groundwork was laid throughout the MCIP’s first year with the creation of a governance structure; recruitment onto working groups of people affected by cancer, clinicians and managers; and the launch of a series of workshops to identify where the cracks are occurring in the current system - and what could be done to fill them.
It was led by Macmillan Cancer Support, which is part-funding MCIP with a £3.5 million grant.
Nicola Cook, Macmillan’s Lead on MCIP, said: 'Partnership working on a project of this scale requires a great deal of relationship building and defining behind the scenes. That’s been achieved with great success here and now there’s a real sense of momentum as the MCIP’s implementation phase comes to fruition.'
Thanks to Janet Tonge, work has begun to implement the changes on both Phase One of the MCIP, which focuses on the entire cancer journey from pre-diagnosis to survivorship and palliative care, and Phase Two, which will review and improve the care pathways for lung and breast cancer patients.
Janet said: 'All credit to Macmillan for putting the funding in and creating this opportunity.' MCIP's thinking is guided by Macmillan's nine outcomes [PDF] and the inclusion of people affected by cancer at the heart of this partnership is incredibly important and will be the key to its eventual success.
Find out more about MCIP in Manchester.