22,000 people in Staffordshire live with cancer.
What is the challenge?
- Patients and carers tell us their experience of the system is poor, despite receiving exceptional care from the individual nurses, doctors and consultants.
- The four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent currently commission cancer care differently, through multiple contracts, so care differs across the region.
- Professionals have told us that they face barriers and problems due to the lack of co-ordination of services.
- The demand for treatment is forecast to grow, both regionally and nationally, so services will come under yet more pressure.
- Clinical evidence shows Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are slightly below the national performance average, and well below the Europeans norms.
- The overall NHS budget is tight.
What’s the solution?
Improving communication between the service providers and coordinating services to offer patients a seamless experience of cancer care.
- Mean that people will receive the best treatment, regardless of where they live in the area.
- Improve patient experience.
- Result in more co-ordinated care, which will lead to earlier detection and intervention, and therefore improved survival rates.
- Allow us to accommodate growing demand for services.
- Make a more efficient use of a tight budget.
These solutions aim to meet with Macmillan Cancer Support’s 9 outcomes. These nine statements are what Macmillan wants everyone living with cancer to be able to say in 2030.
Macmillan’s 9 Outcomes
I was diagnosed early
I understand, so I make good decisions
I get the treatment and care which are best for my cancer, and my life
I am treated with dignity and respect
I know what I can do to help myself and who else can help me
Those around me are well supported
I can enjoy life
I feel part of a community and I’m inspired to give something back
I want to die well