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10 Years of the Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Team

A local service supporting people living with and beyond cancer is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The Macmillan Living with and Beyond Cancer Team (LWBC), run by Care Plus Group, has supported 977 referrals into the service and 2,356 referrals into other sessions they offer: like chair-based exercise, Tai chi, men and women skincare workshops, HOPE course and more.

Our fantastic Living With and Beyond Cancer Team!
Our fantastic Living With and Beyond Cancer Team!

Starting in 2012 initially at Scartho medical centre, the success of the team led them to move to St Andrew’s Hospice. The service is now offered to people registered with a North East Lincs GP and integrates with supportive and palliative care services.

The team of four consists of 3 trained nurses and 1 support worker; three of whom have been there since inception. There are also 5 patient volunteers who support the team in delivering the HOPE course.

A support group, ‘You can I can’, was started at St James Hotel. This group is still going strong and offers support and guest speakers to people in NE Lincs living with cancer.

Over the last 10 years the service has evolved, delivering a new model of personalised care with challenges and successes along the way.

In 2017, the team were able to start delivering ‘Look good – feel better’ sessions at St Andrew’s Hospice. This is a skincare workshop which helps with confidence and self-esteem. Previously the ladies had to travel to Hull for this. Since 2017, 26 sessions have been delivered the initiative has been expanded to deliver workshops for men. Due to all this and more, the team won the Health & Social Care award 2017 for Innovation.

Haley Jones, Macmillan LWBC Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, said:

“Over the 10 years we have delivered men’s wellbeing days, mindfulness sessions, yoga, Tai chi, cookery for nutrition and now CBT for menopausal symptoms. We organised and delivered a conference on sexuality and cancer for health professionals, which allowed us to talk about a subject often overlooked in cancer care.

“Not only have the team gained knowledge of what is happening out there in the community, they have gained knowledge and skills in body image, sexuality, and fatigue and now help patients in one-to-one and group sessions as well as delivering sessions on the palliative care course for registered nurses and HCAs”

 

Here’s a few comments from the Macmillan LWBC team and their session attendees:

“The best job ever! I love being able to see patients improve their mental and physical wellbeing after a cancer diagnosis.”

– Team member

 

“I can phone for anything I need. Everyone is very caring.”

– Session Attendee

 

“I think the staff do a wonderful job. They made a big difference to me when I needed it and also all the other hard-working people who work with them. Big Thank you.”

– Session Attendee

 

“I was blown away with the care and support I’ve been given.”

– Session Attendee

 

“The care and advice I have received has made a big improvement for me and my wellbeing. Talking to someone who understands and takes the time. I started a course just before lockdown and had a follow up call throughout which has made a big difference to my overall mental health.”

– Session Attendee

 

“This was the first time I’ve spoken to others about my cancer and what it has done to me. I left feeling normal and there is help if you need it. I certainly needed it.”

– Session Attendee

 

“Everyone is so kind and helpful.”

– Session Attendee

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