Macmillan Cancer Champion Project

Macmillan Cancer Champion Project

  • By 2020, almost one in two people (47%) will get cancer at some point in their lives and almost four in ten people who have had cancer will die from another cause.
  • The number of older people (aged 65 and over) living with a cancer diagnosis is set to treble between 2010 and 2040 and these patients will account for 77% of all people living with a cancer diagnosis, an increase from the 2015 figure of 66%
  • Macmillan local statistic for Walsall shows that in 2010, there were 7445 people living up to 20 years after a cancer diagnosis and this could rise to 14460 by 2030.
  • Cancer Research UK data for Walsall suggests that there are around 1500 new cancer cases per year and around 750 cancer deaths annually.
  • Results from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2016 for Walsall CCG showed that patients need more support from health or social services during and after treatment. The score has deteriorated compared to 2015. Only 42% said they were given enough support from health and social services during treatment compared to 53% nationally and only 34% felt they were given enough support from health and social services after treatment compared to 45% nationally. The NCPES report also shows that there is room for improvement for care provided in general practice. Practice staff could do more to support patients. Only 59% said ‘Practice Staff definitely did everything they could to support patients which is below the national average score of 62%.
  • General Practice Forward View published in April 2016 identified ‘Releasing time for care’ development programme as crucial in improving capacity within primary care. As part of this programme, Walsall CCG has commissioned Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) to deliver training for all practices in 2 areas, Active Signposting and Management of Clinical Correspondence.

The aim of this 2 year project is to support new cancer patients and patients living with and beyond cancer to be better supported, increase awareness and improve cancer specific knowledge within the primary care team.

To date for this project, we have supported the training for GPs and Allied Health Professionals to be Clinical Cancer Champions and reception staff to be Non Clinical Champions promoting active signposting and visibility.

The project has been very well received with 36 Walsall Practices currently signed up to the service. This will overall support and help patients with cancer in Walsall.