Powys residents who are living with cancer will be able to find out about an innovative programme called “Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys” (ICJ Powys) by logging onto a new web link created to share updates and information about the programmes aims and ambitions.
Dr Jeremy Tuck, Assistant Medical Director at Powys Teaching Health Board said:
“The Improving the Cancer programme supports the county’s Health and Care Strategy which is focused on tackling the big four diseases that limit life for our residents. Cancer is one of these and our aim is to introduce a holistic approach to the care and support that people receive following a diagnosis.
“Our webpage provides an overview, a video highlighting how this programme came about and some useful links to supporting organisations like the Bracken Trust, PAVO and Credu. There are also some video’s by GPs and a resident who speaks about her cancer journey which people can access via a link to our You Tube channel. I hope that anyone living with cancer finds it a useful resource that we’ll be updating as we progress with our pilot projects.”
As a rural county with no district general hospital Powys residents are referred to one of around 14 hospitals for initial assessments and treatment which can be either short or long-term.
The programme’s over-riding aim is to ensure that following a diagnosis of cancer, every adult is offered a follow up holistic needs’ assessment. This can be completed online, in the comfort of the person’s own home. It allows them to consider and highlight any key concerns they may have whether this is about eligibility for benefits, making a will or finding a local support group.
Once submitted a local link worker identifies the key support and services that can meet the person’s needs and has a follow up conversation to guide and signpost them. Completing the online version also allows the person to access a range of Macmillan information sheets which offer advice on the topics selected as ones highlighted.
To access the ICJ webpage, go to: https://www.powysrpb.org/icjpowys
The Macmillan Support Line is open seven days a week between 8am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.