Treatment Support Centre Innovation
- First project set up jointly by an NHS cancer treatment centre and a charity to provide lifestyle, self-help and complementary support
- Specifically for people receiving NHS cancer treatments.
- Multidisciplinary team including oncologists, cancer nurses, psychologists, nutritional therapists, physical activity facilitators and an integrative doctor.
- Oncologists are wary of patients making unsupervised lifestyle changes or accessing complementary support during active treatment, fearing interactions or adverse events
- Patients who want to play a role in their own health-maintenance and recovery feel unsupported, confused and disempowered.
- Users at different stages of cancer journey with differing needs
- Regular attendance limited by hospital appointments
What is working well?
- High attendance
- Increasing numbers of referrals direct from NHS
- More diverse patient groups accessing service
- More NHS staff awareness and support
- Excellent user feedback
- Promising early pilot evaluation results (MYCAW)
- Record sharing with NHS
Areas for development
- Better communication with NHS, especially reports back with outcomes of involvement in self-care
- Focused data collection and outcomes evaluation (?physiological measures ?health economics)
- To ensure the clinic is more widely accessible and adapted for harder-to-reach groups