Macmillan Cancer Support’s priority is and always will be to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Patients, doctors and nurses in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent tell us the system isn’t joined up, doesn’t work and patients are not getting support at the very time they need it most. And this has a serious impact on people’s lives.

Currently one-year survival rates in the four CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent within the Programme are below the England average and well below the European best.

The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Programme wants to co-ordinate all of this care so we can improve cancer survival rates, give people the best possible experience during their treatment, and ensure people can die where they choose.

Macmillan Nurse

There are over 60 different organisations responsible for delivering cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and and the aim of the programme is to make sure they work together in the best interest of the patient. The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Programme wants to co-ordinate all of this care so we can improve cancer survival rates, give people the best possible experience during their treatment, and ensure people can die where they choose.

The programme aims to move the four CCGs from delivering average survival rates to rates that match the best in England. If the programme can improve average survival rates to match the best CCG in England today, we estimate that by the end of the programme around 1,400 people will be alive one year after a cancer diagnosis who would otherwise not be.

MacMillan - She stopped me from spiralling into despair.

Macmillan does and will continue to fund our vital nurses. The money invested in this programme will help Macmillan nurses work more effectively to support people affected by cancer. Macmillan will not be awarding the new contracts for co-ordinating care – that is the responsibility of the CCGs and NHS England. Neither do they wish to co-ordinate the care themselves. Macmillan are working with the programme as facilitators and advisers, and to ensure patients are heard and their needs are at the heart of this programme.

Visit the Macmillan website for more information.

Our mission is to improve patients’ experience of cancer and end of life care services by coordinating each step of the patient journey.