Supporting more people in our communities living with and beyond cancer

October 22, 2018 Written by Oliver.kelham

From 01 November 2018 Bristol Community Health (BCH) will, with the support of local partner North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP), deliver a Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) wide programme of support for people living with and beyond cancer. The newly expanded Macmillan Rehabilitation and Support service is funded by cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS England.

Bristol Community Health’s Macmillan Rehabilitation and Support Team currently deliver The Macmillan Living With And Beyond Cancer Programme in Bristol, and has done so for the last five years, supporting nearly 1,000 people during this time. The programme began using funding provided by Macmillan who continue to support the service.

This new partnership will see the contract expand into North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Bristol Community Health will continue to deliver its existing programme in Bristol, while setting up a brand new programme in South Gloucestershire.

NSCP and BCH will work in partnership to set up a new programme in North Somerset – a completely new scheme for people in this area.

Initially the scheme is expected to run for one year across North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with potential to run for longer if successful.

“We’re excited about expanding our existing service which will support many more people living with cancer in BNSSG – with additional support to embed in the North Somerset area from NSCP. At the end of 2015, around 13,222 people in Bristol alone were living up to 21 years after a cancer diagnosis and this could rise to an estimated 21,330 by 2030* – therefore we must do more to support people in our communities living with cancer.” Julia Clarke, Chief Executive, Bristol Community Health

Judith Brown, Chief Executive, NSCP, said: “This is an important addition to the community healthcare in North Somerset and across the area. NSCP is proud to work with BCH to deliver this service which should enhance the quality of healthcare received by those with cancer in these areas.”

Dr Peter Brindle, Local GP and Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said:

“Modern advances in medicine have changed the way we think about cancer treatment. Patients now survive longer and are looking to resume everyday activities and regain their quality of life. However, ongoing side effects such as a lowered immune system and chronic pain and fatigue can make this difficult, especially at a time when they may have to cope with stressful social issues such as financial difficulties and returning to work.

It is essential that these people receive the support they need and we are delighted that the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Community Self-Management and Support Service will be providing this across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The new service will help to provide practical support for people with cancer to help them lead full lives. The holistic approach to care will provide health and social support and incorporate treatment summaries, needs assessments and wellbeing events, so that patients always know what support is available. The service will build on the existing work of a number of physiotherapist, psychologists, nurses and dieticians in local NHS organisations, giving patients access to a number of specialities to help deal with complex needs.

We look forward to working with Bristol Community Health and their partners to develop the service across the area and support people with cancer to have the highest quality lives possible.”

Bristol Community Health and NSCP will work closely with GPs, acute trusts and community groups to deliver this programme which will contribute  outcomes defined by patients and health and care professionals.

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