Macmillan Cancer Support has invested £5.2 million to create a Manchester-wide palliative and end of life care service, provided by Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO) and its partners, in one of the charity’s largest ever single funding agreements. You can watch the video about the investment courtesy of BBC North West Tonight.
The newly created Manchester Macmillan Supportive & Palliative Care Service will operate out of three community-based hubs across the city and is based on the hugely successful, award-winning, Macmillan service that MLCO teams provide in North Manchester.
The seven-day service will provide a range of care and support for patients in Manchester with a life-limiting illness through multi-disciplinary integrated teams of consultants, clinical nurse specialists, district nurses, therapists and allied health professionals.
Delivered through a partnership of MLCO, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning (MHCC) and Macmillan, the service will provide a bridge between GP practices, hospitals and hospices to care for patients at home, in hospices or in residential care.
Key to improved information-sharing will be the service’s daily meeting between the palliative care team and district nursing service, supported by a weekly multi-disciplinary team meeting (MDT), chaired by a palliative care consultant.
This will enable health care staff to get quick expert advice on how to deliver high quality care and support for the patients they visit on their daily calls and their carers.
The funding will create equity of palliative and end of life care across the city after Macmillan previously funded the development of the North Manchester Macmillan Supportive & Palliative Care Service.
Tanya Humphreys, Macmillan Cancer Support, Head of Services North West , said: “In Manchester we are ensuring that end of life and palliative care is prioritised. Macmillan Cancer Support is very proud to commit one of our largest ever single investments to develop the Manchester Macmillan Supportive and Palliative Care Service.
“This city has a ‘can-do’ health coalition made up of the Manchester Local Care Organisation, MHCC, St Ann’s Hospice, GPs, hospitals, hospices and volunteers who share our vision and want to all work together to deliver the best possible palliative and end of life care for this ever-increasing cohort of patients and their families.
“Macmillan’s £5.2 million funding is making this possible through the funding of new posts and ways of working, as well as a programme team to oversee the inception of the new service. We are encouraged by the approach to end of life care more broadly in Greater Manchester and hope the GM Health and Social Care Partnership will continue to make it a priority in their five-year plan.”
Patrick Fahy, who is a palliative patient in Manchester and is involved in the design of the new service as a Macmillan Service User Representative said: “I am aware that at some point probably sooner rather than later I will need end of life care. I’ll be honest – it frightens me. It is the unknown and I worry for me and my wife and family. I am greatly reassured though that Macmillan and Manchester are investing so heavily and working so hard to make palliative and end of life care the best that it can be. I would want this type of service to be available for all people across Greater Manchester and beyond.”
Angela Jones, from Blackley, Manchester, whose husband David died aged 57 after being cared for by the North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service said: “I am so very pleased that this incredible service is going to be available throughout Manchester as I want anyone affected to be able to get the support we received when going through the most devastating of situations.
“Dave was sent home with me from Hospital last May after almost dying from multiple seizures when his cancer had spread from his bowel to his brain. With a terminally ill husband and a large amount of medication, I had no idea what to do and was terrified. I was falling apart and went to my GP in tears and was immediately put through to the North Manchester service who were quite simply angels.
“They gave Dave, me and our family the support and confidence to see his illness through at home, where in August my wonderful brave husband died in my arms. I can honestly say that he appeared to be in no pain and at peace.”
With thanks to BBC North West Tonight for allowing us to use the video of their news item on the investment.