Caroline Aherne Helps Launch Manchester Cancer Improvement Programme
Cancer patients and carers were joined by comedy writer Caroline
Aherne today at the launch of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement
Partnership in Manchester.
The £3.4 million MCIP is bringing together all cancer care
providers in the city (including our Trust) to improve the
experience of everybody affected by the disease at every stage of
the cancer journey.
Macmillan Cancer Support is working in partnership with the
three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups, people affected by
cancer, GPs, the Manchester NHS Hospital Trusts, St Ann's Hospice
and Manchester City Council.
MCIP aims to improve patient experience in Manchester; develop
the cancer care system to be able to cope with the doubling of
cancer patients by 2030 and sustain support for increasing
Caroline was the guest speaker at the launch at Manchester
Town Hall, where she addressed an audience of 170 patients, carers,
clinicians, commissioners, councillors and health support
The Royle Family creator, who is undergoing treatment for lung
cancer related to a genetic form of the disease, told guests
why she is supporting MCIP and called on others affected by cancer
to get involved with MCIP.
MCIP pledge cards are being distributed to all of Manchester's
GP surgeries and Macmillan Information Centres (one based at
Manchester Royal Infirmary) asking people to sign up to MCIP and
share their views on how cancer care can be improved.
MCIP's Launch was opened by Councillor Paul Murphy, Deputy Lord
Mayor of the City of Manchester.
Keynote speakers were Dr Bill Tamkin GP, Chair of South
Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and Ciaran Devane,
Macmillan Cancer Support's Chief Executive.
A panel discussion on cancer care followed the speeches, Chaired
by broadcaster Andy Crane.
This was followed by an afternoon workshop session involving
Dr Bill Tamkin, Chair, South Manchester CCG said: "We have
health services to be proud of in Manchester with internationally
recognised hospitals, some excellent GP practices, world famous
researchers and an outstanding Medical School. But as frontline GPs
we still see patients falling in the gaps between services and
waiting far too long to be seen by the right clinician.
"It is not just the anecdotal stories people tell us. The
statistics also point to a need for improvement. MacMillan research
showed Manchester came bottom out of 150 areas in England for
premature deaths from cancer.
"We're also bottom of this league table for strokes, heart and
lung disease. Our survival rates are 25% lower than average and the
number of people getting lung cancer is a third higher here than in
the rest of England.
"It is for these reasons, that I am so pleased to be part of the
launch of the MacMillan Cancer Improvement Partnership. "
Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
"People affected by cancer have to be centrally involved in
re-designing care services in order for a new improved system to
"In MCIP All care providers from the hospitals and GPs to St
Ann's Hospice and the city council are working together with
patients and carers to understand and respond to how things
actually are for the people they serve.
"We are hugely grateful to Caroline Aherne for supporting
Macmillan and MCIP and helping us recruit people affected by
cancer, particularly at a time when she is undergoing cancer
treatment herself in Manchester.
"It was generous-spirited of her to sacrifice her privacy at a
difficult time to help make things better for others in Manchester
who are being and will be treated for cancer in Manchester."
MCIP's work is focused across two main areas. The
first invests £2.35m in primary, palliative, community and end of
life care and includes enhanced training for the health and social
care workforce and the development of new palliative care
The second builds on that work to improve cancer outcomes for
breast and lung patients through the development of seamless
pathways for the entire patient journey - from prevention and
promotion, through early diagnosis and treatment, to survivorship
or end of life care.
Manchester Evening News