NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Bury Cancer Support Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support and a number of local organisations to launch a new service on 3rd January 2018 for those who have been affected by cancer.
Recent figures suggest there are over 1,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed every year in Bury. In 2010 there were over 5,000 people living in Bury up to 20 years after a cancer diagnosis. Many of these people are living with unmet non-clinical needs, and this figure is estimated to rise to 10,800 by 2030.
The Bury Multi-agency Cancer Service offers a range of free and confidential support and advice to those who have received a cancer diagnosis (during or after treatment) as well as their carers and families.
Jointly funded by NHS Bury CCG and Macmillan Cancer Support, the service provides free and confidential support for non-clinical concerns, including:
• Financial and benefits advice
• Counselling and emotional support
• Employment advice and support
• Health and lifestyle advice
• Complementary therapies
Local people affected by cancer can access information, guidance and support by calling a single point of contact telephone number. A key worker will then refer them for support and advice to an appropriate local organisation, that includes:
• Age UK Bury
• Asian Development Association of Bury (ADAB)
• Bury Exercise and Therapy Scheme (BEATS)
• Bury Lifestyle Service
• Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People
• Chai Cancer Care
• Citizens Advice Bureau (Bury)
• Creative Living Centre
• Health and Employment Service (Bury Council)
• Supportive Stem
They can also use it as an opportunity to meet other people affected by cancer.
Dr. Liane Harris, Clinical Lead for Cancer at NHS Bury CCG who is a local GP said “Patients will know their first point-of-contact for clinical advice is their main care provider, this may be their Cancer Specialist Nurse, hospital team or GP practice, but finding out where to go for non-clinical matters can be challenging. This is why we have collaborated with Bury Cancer Support Centre, Macmillan and a host of other local organisations to launch the Bury Multi-agency Cancer Service.”
“Local people can self-refer to gain access to practical and confidential support and advice for a range of non-clinical issues such as employment, financial and benefits advice, counselling and emotional support and more by calling one telephone number. The call will be answered by an experienced key worker who will ask a range of questions to get a better understanding of their needs before referring them to the appropriate organisation where free and professional support will be offered.”
Local Bury resident and NHS Bury CCG Patient Cabinet member Jackie Roscow said “Having witnessed cancer first hand and as a carer this service would have been a great help to myself and my husband. I’m sure the support will be extremely beneficial to cancer sufferers and their families both while they are going through treatment and after to help them come to terms with having cancer and getting over it.”
Jackie, who was involved in the group that helped to set up the project, continued “We needed help as my husband is self-employed and were worried we would not manage while he was going through his treatment. This support would have helped in so many ways and left us to concentrate on getting better. So whatever your problems are or help you need you will be able to go to the Cancer Support Centre and be passed on to whichever organisation you may need.”
Richard Hunt, Macmillan’s Partnership Manager for Greater Manchester added: “More people than ever before are living with cancer, both during and after treatment, and it can be confusing to know where to access general information, such as emotional and practical support and benefits advice. That’s why Macmillan is delighted to help fund the Bury Multi-agency Cancer Service project, which will enable anyone affected by cancer in the Bury area to access the right information, by simply calling one telephone number where they will be referred to the right organisation that can help them, when they need it most.”
The Bury Multi-agency Cancer Service can be contacted by telephone on 0161 764 6609 or online www.burycancersupportcentre.com – Support is available to people aged 18 and above, who are registered with a Bury GP practice.