Cancer and its treatments can have a huge impact on a person’s mental health. In some areas of London, a lack of fairness in cancer psychosocial service provision meant the emotional needs of thousands of people weren’t being met. Transformational change was needed and only a passionate, proactive and inspirational leader would be able to bring it about. That’s where Philippa Hyman came in.
Philippa brought together patients, healthcare providers and commissioners to co-design a pan-London psychosocial support pathway. She led two huge stakeholder events to make sure everyone’s views were heard. She then produced a report that has been influential both inside and outside of London. Philippa is a shining example of how to achieve effective results when working across boundaries with multiple stakeholders.
‘I like doing things that I know will have a direct patient impact,’ Philippa explains. ‘The biggest challenge has been getting people to understand that psychosocial services are not a luxury – they're an absolutely essential part of the cancer pathway.’
If you would like to find out more about Philippa’s work please email Dan Callanan, Partnership Quality Lead.