A PARTNERSHIP has been formed to help improve cancer care for patients in North Wales.
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has teamed up with charity Macmillan Cancer Support to provide a project that will ensure the needs of people suffering with the disease are at the heart of how services are planned, in accordance with the Welsh Government Cancer Delivery Plan for person-centred services.
Pat Pilkington, Macmillan Person Centred Care project manager for Betsi Cadwaladr, said “This project will ensure that all people across North Wales requiring cancer care will have a key worker, an individual assessment to discuss their needs and a care plan that will support them to self-manage.
“It is the Health Board and Macmillan’s vision that everyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and is living with cancer will have access to comprehensive and holistic support to enable them to lead as normal a life as possible.
“This includes access to financial advice, information on physical activity, information about returning to work and how to spot the signs and symptoms of cancer coming back when treatment has ended.”
More than 27,000 people in North Wales are currently living with some form of cancer, a figure that is estimated to rise to more than 48,000 by 2030.
In addition, Macmillan Health and Wellbeing clinics will be held throughout communities to give cancer patients face-to-face support and guidance during and after their treatment.
Susan Morris, general manager, for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Macmillan is pleased to be working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to fund this new project to support cancer patients in North Wales.
“People with cancer should be supported to live as well as they can during and after their treatment by having a key worker, a needs assessment – including their financial, emotional and social needs – and a copy of their written care plan.”