The Cancer Network does not limit itself to leading on projects. We support partners and stakeholders in delivery of their own work to improve services for cancer patients and carers. These partners include patient groups and third sector organisations as well as primary, secondary and tertiary care providers. We are uniquely placed to facilitate communication and joint working to help our partners deliver on a diverse array of project work.
Current project work that we are supporting our partners to deliver include:
Awareness and Early Detection of Cancer
The SCN supports the National Be Clear on Cancer (BCOC) campaigns which are led by Public Health England in partnership with NHS England and Cancer Research UK. The campaigns aim to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and improve survival outcomes through earlier detection. GP Strategic Leads and Cancer Champions are utilised to deliver key messages from the BCOC campaigns.
Bladder and Kidney Cancer
The Be Clear on Cancer brand has been used to promote awareness and early diagnosis of bladder and kidney cancer since January 2012. It was piloted regionally from January to March 2013 and went national for the first time from October to November 2013; it was then repeated during the same period in October to November 2014. In August 2015, Public Health England announced that they will be running the next 'blood in pee' campaign from 15 February to 31 March 2016. The campaign's key message will be 'If you notice blood in your pee, even if it's 'just the once', tell your doctor.' The advertising will explain that finding cancer early makes it more treatable.
Cancer Research UK Bowel Cancer Screening Campaign
Most recently, we have helped to promote the Cancer Research UK Bowel Screening Campaign which aims to raise awareness of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (benefits/eligibility) and encourage participation (particularly among 60 - 74 year olds).
The campaign is based on a successful pilot that ran in London in 2014, and is supported by Public Health England and Department of Health. CRUK have launched a long-term advertising campaign focussed on bowel cancer screening, across three regional areas Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. The campaign will also run in four other regions of England. The promotion of the bowel screening campaign (which runs from Autumn 2015 to spring 2016) includes a range of advertising resources available the for health service, third sector and public use. These are available for download from the 'Publications and Resources General' section on our Useful Network Links page.
• One remaining Bowel Cancer campaign burst will run from the 21st March to 24th April 2016.
Greater Manchester ACE Programme
Supporting the Accelerate/Co-ordinate/Evaluate (ACE) programme locally in relation to early diagnosis programmes. This work is designed to improve diagnostic pathways enabling primary care to make greater use of direct test routes and cancer diagnostic toolkits. We aim to increase the number of patients diagnosed at an earlier stage resulting in improved health outcomes.
Lancashire & South Cumbria ACE Programme
Supporting the implementation of the Age UK Central Lancashire and Galloway Society for the Blind ACE programme. This involves engaging the voluntary, community and faith sectors to increase support for screening to achieve earlier diagnosis. We are also taking a proactive approach to improving screening uptake with vulnerable adults in particular.
Cancer Awareness Programmes
Supporting the development and delivery of Cancer Awareness programmes in the lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) community. In collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support and the LGBT Foundation, we are promoting healthy lifestyle choices, awareness of signs and symptoms, earlier diagnosis and screening programmes amongst the LGBT population. Success of the project would see improved implementation of cancer prevention strategies and increased attendance at cancer screening programmes for under-represented groups. This will help to reduce variation in attendance at hospital/GP appointments, particularly where patients are living with and beyond cancer.
Improving Outcomes Guidance in Greater Manchester
Working with commissioners to develop services that are compliant with the 'Improving Outcomes Guidance' (IOG) by supporting the procurement and specification of effective services across Greater Manchester. In doing so, we provide direct support and independent clinical advice to commissioners on the procurement and review of cancer services, particularly where they do not currently meet required quality standards.
Improving Outcomes Guidance in Lancashire & South Cumbria
Supporting commissioners to develop and achieve IOG compliant services in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Increased levels of IOG compliance in haematology services, for instance, are increasing patient safety and improving clinical delivery. We are also improving the clinical delivery of head and neck services by centralising the most specialist functions. We bring the network together to review hepato pancreato bilary (HBP) cancer services across the North West and we support the Oncology and Acute Oncology Review as a partner with Integral Health Solutions Limited.
Following completion of primary treatment, it is usual for patients to attend hospital outpatient clinics at regular, but decreasing intervals for a number of years. This current follow-up practice does not necessarily meet cancer survivors' full range of needs, often failing to provide emotional support or address information needs, as well as being costly to the NHS. Alternative strategies for long term follow-up have been proposed and researched.
The aim of the study was to review the evidence base on alternative models of oncology patient follow-up that had been evaluated, and to gain perspectives from NHS staff about alternative models. The study comprised of three stages: 1) Literature review, 2) a qualitative interview study, 3) a synthesis of the findings to produce preliminary recommendations for the future implementation of alternative follow-up models that can improve patient experience and outcomes while also reducing cost.
Cancer follow-up services research was funded by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and supported by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). Read the full report
In collaboration with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a vocational rehabilitation project has been established in Lancashire and South Cumbria which aims to develop an evidence base for commissioners on the types of services that best support cancer patients in securing employment. Once developed, this evidence base will support commissioners in implementing services which improve employability and quality of life for cancer patients.
Cancer Recovery Package
Facilitating the embedding of the 'recovery package' in all CCG plans. We support CCGs in understanding the responsibilities of commissioning the recovery package and look for opportunities to provide wider support to the whole network in spreading the recovery package and best practice. Consequently, service users will be better informed of care and treatment options. The result will be improved communication and co-ordination between primary and secondary care providers and a more holistic care service provided to cancer patients.
Cancer eBooks Development
Supporting the development and roll out of an suite of 44 eBooks with the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals trust. By linking the authors with experts who will develop cross-platform resources, ensure intellectual property rights and support market testing and business development, we will enable the product to be made available to the maximum number of patients, carers and clinicians. As a result, patients will receive increased information and support in an accessible format on their journey through treatment and afterwards.
Patient involvement in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria patient groups to provide support, listen to feedback and influence service development. We aim to ensure that services which are commissioned and/or provided are designed around patients' needs and that we have listened and responded to the collective patient voice. As a result, services will be improved and come into in line with NHS England's Five Year Forward View.
Education & Training Network
On-going management of an education and training network for cancer in Greater Manchester bringing together a range of key stakeholders who have an interest and responsibility for developing cancer education and training programmes across primary, community health and social care settings. We facilitate the sharing of intelligence on workforce development needs to improve effectiveness and appropriate targeting of training interventions. We are working with partners in Greater Manchester to scope the training available to primary, community and social care staff in order to develop a strategy to ensure high quality training supports awareness and the early detection of cancer.
Early Detection Training
The education of primary, community and social care staff in prevention and early detection. Education and training of primary care and community staff to help them build awareness and early detection on to their day to day practice. Using GP Strategic Leads to support and develop this project, we will integrate the findings of evaluation into future programmes.
A Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria education and training pilot. Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support we have supported the development of a two day training programme to provide an end-to-end explanation of the cancer pathway to primary and community care staff in six CCG areas (Stockport, Trafford, Bolton, Heywood/Middleton/Rochdale, Oldham and Blackpool). A robust evaluation has been carried out using qualitative and quantitative data analysis by the University of Manchester to produce a set of recommendations to inform the development of a sustainable and accredited cancer training programme.