Cancer Support Programme (CaSP)
The Beth Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, has been developing and delivering two projects specifically to support older people affected by cancer. These were:
· Staffordshire Cancer Advocacy and Support Project (2012 – 2017)
The aim of the Cancer Advocacy and Support Project was to ensure that older people affected by cancer in Wolverhampton are able, if they so wish, to have access to an independent, trained advocate and trained peer volunteer advocates to enable them to receive support, information, guidance and advocacy to empower them to make informed choices, and to live in the way they choose whilst undertaking their cancer journey.
· North Staffs Cancer Lifestyle Project (2015 – 2017)
For almost everyone, life after a cancer diagnosis is different to life before so we have been working to encourage older people affected by cancer to adopt healthier lifestyles to improve physical health, mental wellbeing and to aid recovery.
Our holistic one-to-one approach aimed to meet the needs of individuals and fitted well with current agendas around recovery; living well with and after cancer.
Building on the success of these Projects we are developing a new, exciting, community based project: CaSP
The Cancer Support Programme (CaSP) provides one-to-one support for people living with or beyond cancer to explore their needs and identify community services to help them meet their goals.
A service for cancer patients newly diagnosed or undergoing treatment (aged 18+) living in Staffordshire and attending Royal Stoke, County or Cannock Hospitals.
The CaSP provides health and social care staff the opportunity to refer cancer patients for personalised one-to-one support in their community to overcome practical issues and improve their well-being through social and emotional support.
The CaSP service supports patients to:
Ø Self-assess their concerns and feelings (physical, practical, family/relationship, emotional, spiritual/religious, lifestyle or information needs)
Ø Explore and define what is important to them
Ø Identify the local activities and resources they need
Ø Gain support to engage with these services.
The Programme will be officially launched in the New Year but we are continuing to take referrals through a single referral to the CaSP team by completing the CaSP Referral Form and faxed to 01782 746940 or email email@example.com or telephone 01782 844036.
More information available from Kath Curley, Programme Manager, on 01782 844036 or firstname.lastname@example.org