Co-Production: Improving Primary Care Support for People with Cancer

Published on 10/09/2021

What can be done to help?

This project aims to test out the co-production of primary care offering that care at a local level to share learning with PCN’s across Cheshire and Merseyside supported by Cheshire and Mersey cancer alliance.

This project will:

·         Engage people with protected characteristics who have completed cancer treatment using our Primary Care and third sector connections.

·         Coproduce what support from primary care should provide.

·         Recruit peer facilitators from different communities to help co-facilitate coproduction sessions.

·         Provide coproduction training to these volunteers and local groups via an online course and support these volunteers to work with wider public sector partners in further coproduction opportunities.

·         Creation of a PCN toolkit to support coproduction around cancer quality improvement initiatives at PCN level designed by patients.

How we can do it?

We will use experience-based design (EBCD) which involves gathering experiences for patients and staff. Through an in-depth interviewing, observations, group discussions and identifying key touchpoints. Staff and patients are then brought together to explore the findings to identify and implement activities that will improve the service.

Why we are doing this?

The reason for this is because patients are telling us that there is limited support once the treatment has finished at the hospital, but they are still symptoms and side effects from the treatment.

Patient experience shows that people living with and beyond cancer require support to live full and meaningful lives. With the help of local service priorities focusing on early diagnosis and end of life we can see an inequality emerging within cancer.

Local content includes:

·         The cancer incidence rate in Wirral (676 per 100,000) is higher than the England average (608 per 100,000).

·         The under 75 mortality rate (155 per 100,000) is higher than the England average (138.7 per 100,000).

·         The one-year survival rate (68.8 net survival index) is lower than the England average (70.2).

·         Whilst there are over 200 different types of cancer, in the Wirral breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancer account for half, of all new cancers diagnosed. The two most commonly diagnosed cancers in Wirral are prostate and lung (in men) and breast and lung (in women).

·         The rate of survival over the last 15 years has increased by 20% which evidences the need to support those that have survived a cancer diagnosis, to live life as fully as they can and return to some form of normality.

(Information taken from and Cancer Stats)

Who? (Potential Partners)

·         One Wirral

·         Health Watch

·         Wirral Change

·         Maggie’s 

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