The four NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire (Cannock Chase, North Staffordshire, Stafford and Surrounds and Stoke-on-Trent), NHS England (the Commissioners) and Macmillan Cancer Support, working with Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Public Health England have come together to transform cancer and end of life care in the region.
People with cancer and at the end of their lives have told us that care is not as good as it should be. They are getting lost in a complicated health and social care system, they find it disjointed and often have to repeat their story. They don’t know what care and support is available to them and this often means they end up in hospital, rather than at home, particularly at the end of their life.
The way cancer and end of life care is currently organised is not helping – it provides barriers to providing seamless care. The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Programme is an innovative way of tackling this. Rather than each CCG acting individually, we have come together with NHS England to look at the whole patient journey and to appoint one lead organisation for cancer, and one for end of life care, to manage and co-ordinate care so that it becomes the best in Europe, not only for treatment outcomes but also for patient experience.
This programme starts and ends with the patient, intending to make sure that integrated, co-ordinated and personalised care is the norm, not the exception. In recognition of its bold intentions and innovative design, it has been identified as one of the 14 NHS Integration Pioneers in England.
For more information about the programme, visit www.staffordshirecancerandeol.com