Do you provide non-clinical support to people affected by cancer in Tower Hamlets?

The Macmillan Living With Cancer Team are keen to speak to groups of people affected by cancer so if you are able to help the Team make connections with your service users or link them to community groups, they would really like to hear from you. Contact Zereen Rahman-Jennings on Zereen.rahman-jennings@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call on 0207 3642571

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Find out more about the programme

National context

Two million people are living with or beyond cancer in the UK. This figure will rise to 4 million by 2030. The number of older people (aged 65 and over) living with cancer has grown by 300,000 (23%) in the five years to 2015. By 2040 older people will account for 77% of all people living with a cancer diagnosis, an increase from the 2015 figure of 66%. The number of people who have survived five or more years since diagnosis has increased by over 260,000 (or 21%) in the five years to 2015. 50% of people with cancer in the UK now survive at least 10 years (April 2014).

Local context

In Tower Hamlets (TH), each year around 650 residents are newly diagnosed with cancer, up to 4850 adults are living with a diagnosis of cancer and 72% of those have one or more additional long term condition. People affected by cancer in Tower Hamlets have relatively poor outcomes, survival rates are lower and mortality rates are higher than in England and London. This is likely to be linked to more cancers being diagnosed late and as emergencies, and people having other comorbidities, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Access to services

Research published by Macmillan Cancer Support Hidden at Home - The Social Care Needs of People with Ccancer highlighted the range of social care needs within cancer patients. The research indicated that patients have practical, personal and emotional needs. These include needs relating to mobility, practical tasks and personal care

Macmillan Local Authority Partnership

Macmillan has developed a programme to build relationships with local authorities and other partners to develop new solutions. The Tower Hamlets Living with Cancer Programme, with a budget of a £1 million, is one of five Macmillan Local Authority Partnership pilots across England and Scotland. It will be developed and delivered over three years, having started in February 2018.

It aims is to develop a model of service delivery in partnership with local authorities, local health partners, third sector, communities and people affected by cancer. By using local health intelligence, identifying assets and gaps, using people affected by cancers’ feedback and harnessing sector wide expertise, the programme will ensure that everyone living with and beyond cancer can easily access all the support they require to meet their holistic needs - which in turn will enable them to live as well and as independently as possible and to die well at the end of their lives.

Request to you

If you are an organisation or service area that supports people affected by cancer to live well by offering non clinical support then please contact Zereen Rahman-Jennings on:

Zereen.rahman-jennings@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call on 0207 3642571

If you have access to patients and carers affected by cancer who might like to get involved or take part in a focus group, please share the attached flyer attached.

The Macmillan Living With Cancer Team are keen to come to speak to groups of people affected by cancer so if you are able to help us make connections with your service users or link us to community groups, we would really like to hear from you.