National Award Recognition for Manchester’s Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership

The Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) in Manchester has been shortlisted for two top national awards in recognition of its impact on cancer patients and carers over the past four years.

MCIP which was officially launched in June 2014 by writer and comedian Caroline Aherne has reached the finals of the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards announced today (Sept 11).

The programme beat off an unprecedented level of competition in this year’s awards to be shortlisted for its overall impact on cancer services’ redesign and for its work to create a new improved model of after-care for breast cancer patients who have completed their initial treatment.

MCIP hit the headlines again earlier this year with its Lung Health Check Pilot that placed CT scanners in shopping centre car parks resulting in a quadrupling of lung cancer early diagnosis rates.

Among MCIP’s other achievements are:

  • The creation of an award-winning integrated palliative care team for North Manchester which supports people with life limiting illnesses and enables co-ordinated care in peoples own homes
  • New care standards developed by people affected by cancer to improve patient support and communication between primary care and hospitals – signed up to by 90 per cent of Manchester’s GPs
  • Training on cancer issues offered to teams who support people to live with and beyond cancer in the community
  • Improved communication and care for advanced breast cancer patients in Manchester

Clinicians and patients have now been invited to present before the HSJ judges’ panel ahead of the award ceremony at London’s Intercontinental O2 Hotel on November 22.

MCIP Clinical Lead, Dr Wendy Makin said: “Clinical teams, patients and commissioners from across Manchester have worked tirelessly together over the past few years to identify, devise and develop the services and relationships that have made MCIP so successful in improving cancer care.

“I’m so very pleased about this national recognition for all the teams who’ve overcome geographic and institutional boundaries to create a cancer care system that responds far more directly to the needs of patients and their families.”

Breast cancer patient, Jan Floyd said: “I’ve been fully involved in the design of the new model of after-care and felt that my contributions were listened to and acted upon. After breast cancer treatment you do need lots of support and reassurance – and you also desperately want to get back to the life you had before your diagnosis.  It feels like the new model has really hit the mark – but the clinicians continue to listen and are evaluating all the time to ensure that the model responds effectively.”

MCIP Board Chair, Dr Denis Colligan said: “We’ve accomplished a lot over the last 4 years, the work in primary care really raised the bar across Manchester for all practices so we offered more consistently high-quality care and support when someone was coping with a new cancer diagnosis or recovering after hospital treatment.

MCIP Programme Director Janet Tonge said: “Reaching the shortlist in two categories is an excellent achievement. I’m particularly proud that MCIP’s work has been recognised for putting what the patient needs first by dissolving boundaries between hospitals, GPs and community care in all parts of the city.”

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Chief Accountable Officer, Ian Williamson said: “Yet again Manchester is receiving national recognition for our ability to innovate and collaborate to deliver excellent models of care and support for cancer patients.

“We’re grateful to the Macmillan Cancer Support for providing the funding to enable teams from across Manchester to work together to transform cancer services and create the new model of breast after-care.”

Macmillan Cancer Support Head of Service North West, Jane Melvin said: “Macmillan Cancer Support invested £5.65 million in MCIP to create the time, space and programme structure that we hoped would create improved cancer care. Without a doubt MCIP has delivered on its ambition. The impact of MCIP’s new services and the redesign of care pathways is being felt by patients across Manchester. The HSJ award nominations are very well deserved and we wish the teams every success in the finals.”

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