Cancer: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps NHS England has taken to support NHS staff offer personalised care to people with cancer.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 11 June 2020

The NHS Long Term Plan sets a clear ambition that where appropriate every person diagnosed with cancer should have access to personalised care by 2021. Personalised care in cancer is focused on four key interventions:

- Personalised care and support planning based on Holistic Needs Assessments;

- End of treatment summaries;

- Health and wellbeing information and support; and

- A Cancer Care Review with their general practitioner.

NHS England is supporting staff to offer personalised care to people affected by cancer by promoting awareness and understanding of the personalised care interventions and by providing resources such as a handbook on personalised stratified follow up, webinars, and a collaborative online workspace for staff. Cancer Alliances are leading programmes of work to embed personalised care within local providers.

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