Working together with the social prescribing teams we have been able to better support people affected by cancer, people in crisis, or those who are especially vulnerable, many times both teams working together jointly supporting the same person or family.
Together we have been able to link up specialised cancer support, Primary and secondary care services, social support, care services and offer a far wider range of support across the community sector including groups, local charities, and community interest companies.
From initial appointments and checks and throughout treatment, the Cancer care coordinators, Macmillan information and support team, Cancer Clinical nurse specialists, social prescribers, and volunteers are working together to ensure patients and their loved ones receive the personalised care and support that is right for them.
Partnership working between our local social prescribing teams and the Macmillan information and support services is still developing and I hope the links across our teams strengthen and the improvements directly benefit people affected by cancer throughout 2022 and beyond.
The number of people living long term with a cancer diagnosis is set to double by 2030. Having access to social prescribing offers in partnership with cancer support services means more people can be supported for longer accessing the wider community support with trusted advisors gaining the tools and confidence to feel more in control whilst continuing to have access specialised cancer services as and when needed.