The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Programme was announced as a ‘pioneer’ in health and social care by NHS England, along with 24 others in November 2013. The Integrated Care Pioneers are showcasing new and innovative ways of creating change in the health service, which the Government and NHS England want to see spread across the country.

The 25 Integrated Care Pioneers are working on ambitious programmes of change to integrate care around the needs of a patient by looking at new ways of delivering co-ordinated care. The pioneers were selected by a renowned panel of experts, including international experts drawing together global expertise and experience of how good joined up care works in practice.

The aim is to make health and social care services work together to provide better, more person-centred support at home and earlier treatment in the community to prevent people losing their independence or needing unplanned hospital care.

For health, care and support to be ‘integrated’, it must be person-centred, coordinated, and tailored to the needs and preferences of the individual, their carer and family. It means moving away from episodic care to a more holistic approach to health, care and support needs, that puts the needs and experience of people at the centre of how services are organised and delivered.

Where local areas have succeeded in integrating health, care and support services, too often it has been despite of the national system rather than because of it. This is why NHS England has joined a range of national partner organisations to tackle national barriers and enable and encourage locally-led, integrated services to flourish.

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