We work with the Scottish Parliament

The External Affairs Scotland team works with MSPs to engage with and improve the lives of as many people affected by cancer as possible.

How we support MSPs

We’re here to help you make sure that people in your constituency are well supported at every stage of the cancer journey.

We can assist you by:

  • informing you with briefings and statistics ahead of debates and speeches
  • providing advice on constituency case work
  • updating you with tailored briefings about your local cancer population
  • arranging service visits in your constituency.

Together we can make a difference so no one in Scotland faces cancer alone.

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Our priorities for cancer care in Scotland

Transforming Care After Treatment

Macmillan Cancer Support, the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, the cancer networks and local authorities are working together on the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme.

With £5m of funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, TCAT helps to design services that are more tailored to the needs, preferences and priorities of individual cancer patients. It is hoped that by testing new ways of delivering care and support to people with cancer during and after treatment, ones which receive positive feedback from patients will become sustained and embedded in everyday practice, improving the overall support cancer patients in Scotland receive.

Now halfway through its five-year life-span, there are 25 TCAT pilot projects taking place within the NHS and local authorities across Scotland. All are unique, but each project includes at least one of four key components: holistic needs assessment and care planning; end of treatment summaries; cancer care reviews; and health and wellbeing events.

These components are all designed to improve the aftercare experience of the patient and to work successfully all require much greater communication and collaboration between health and social care services. Patients also play a key role in the delivery and design of TCAT, deciding which projects should go ahead and providing feedback about their experiences.

By providing the opportunity for cancer networks, health boards, local authorities and third sector organisations to work together it is hoped that the new ways of delivering services to people affected by cancer could become sustained and embedded in everyday practice, improving the overall support they are receiving.

It is hoped the results of the pilots will act as a significant stepping stone to meeting the needs of those affected by cancer in Scotland after their treatment ends with the learnings used to transform cancer care services across the country.

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Improving the Cancer Journey in Glasgow

In February 2014, Macmillan’s Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service was launched, to ensure everyone with cancer in Glasgow was automatically offered financial, emotional and practical support. It was the first service of its kind in the UK.

Every newly diagnosed cancer patient in Glasgow is sent a letter offering them time with a link worker to talk about their support needs, using a tool called a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) to guide the conversation. Based on this, a care plan is created, outlining the kind of support the person with cancer needs and how they will get it. 

The link worker can provide the person with cancer with the information they need to take control and contact support organisations on their own, or can work on their behalf to coordinate support from multiple agencies. During the first evaluation period ICJ referred people to over 220 different agencies across the city, most non-cancer and non-health specific.

ICJ is a partnership between Macmillan, Glasgow City Council, the Beatson Cancer Charity, Cordia, Glasgow Life, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Wheatley Group. 

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The right end of life care

Macmillan contributed to the research on End of Life Care which resulted in the Scottish Government publishing 'The Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care' in December 2015. The Cancer Plan, published in March 2016 also committed to improving end of life care – and Macmillan is leading on the implementation of this work through a combination of Macmillan professionals and workforce training and development programmes.

With the ever-increasing number of people being diagnosed with cancer, the pressure on end of life services in Scotland will continue to grow. We are a long way from ensuring everyone gets the palliative and end of life care that they and their families deserve.

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Campaign with us

Our campaigns fight for real change for people affected by cancer. By taking action, you can help transform the lives of people with cancer. Join us in demanding the best in cancer support.

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We shape policy

The Macmillan Policy team demands better for people affected by cancer by working across the UK to develop, drive and support policy solutions to improve their lives.

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Understanding the evidence

Macmillan’s research helps us, and others, understand the needs, numbers and experiences of people affected by cancer, to develop and influence better care and services.

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What's happening near you? Find out about support groups, where to get information and how to get involved with Macmillan where you are.

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