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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.MCIP Logo

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 survivorship needs.

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 workers.

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 audience members.

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 succeed.

"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 services.

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.


Media links:  

Manchester Evening News


Sky News