Macmillan Living With & Beyond Cancer (LWABC) Programme Talk

Macmillan Living With & Beyond Cancer (LWABC) Programme Talk
16 January 2017

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting staff, patients, the public and its Trust members to attend a free talk on ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ by the Macmillan LWABC Project Team on Tuesday 7th February 2017, 2pm-3pm at The Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The talk will explain how The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership to address the cancer care challenges faced by patients and their carers.  Macmillan Cancer Support has developed a “Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme,” which aims to improve cancer services to meet the unmet needs of cancer patients.

In August 2015, a Macmillan LWABC Project Team was established to support the Trust’s clinical cancer teams to embed the cancer ‘Recovery Package,’ a combination of different interventions, which when delivered together, will greatly improve the outcomes and coordination of care for people living with and beyond cancer. 

The talk will provide an overview of the key components of the cancer ‘Recovery Package,’ which includes:

  • Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) and Care Planning
  • Cancer Treatment Summary
  • Cancer Care Review
  • Health and Wellbeing Events

Debbie Ashforth, Programme Lead, says, “We have been making great strides since we commenced at the Trust. Our collaborative work across community, primary, secondary and tertiary care has helped to ensure that everyone understands the patient journey and has established how we can work together to implement these important initiatives.  Working alongside the project team is our patient and carer involvement group – “Pennine Acute Macmillan Patient Engagement Representatives” (PAMPER); people all affected by cancer and who are helping to ensure the patient voice is at the heart of decision making.” 

  • There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and we expect to see this figure reach four million by 2030
  • Many people with incurable cancer can live for years with a generally good quality of life, with the right support
  • Many people cured of cancer have unmet health needs and are at risk from the effects of cancer and its treatment
  • Over a quarter of patients feel abandoned after treatment
  • The UK needs a workforce to meet the needs of the changing story of cancer

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Trust members. 

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email 

Pictured: The Macmillan LWABC Project Team. From left to right: Andrew Forkin, Anne Ogden, Emily Sidebottom, Helen Wrench and Debbie Ashforth (Macmillan LWABC Transformation Programme Lead)