Specialist Palliative Care services in Wigan and Salford are being enhanced and extended through a £2M partnership co-ordinated by Greater Manchester (GM) Cancer and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
The current face-to-face, senior clinical support for patients with advancing cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their carers is increasing. During the test model, there will be increased support available during weekends and bank holidays to complement the existing weekday provision.
The enhanced and extended service is being delivered through Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and St Ann’s Hospice; and Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and Wigan & Leigh Hospice.
A key element of the programme plan is regular and ongoing engagement with system leaders to ensure that decision makers are sighted on the developing 7 day models and are then well placed to make informed decisions in respect of the potential roll-out of a 7 day model across Greater Manchester.
The enhanced services will be robustly evaluated to test and evidence their effectiveness and effect on the sites, and to explore a range of perspectives from people using and providing the services. It is hoped that the successes of the pilot models can demonstrate the potential for excellent 7 day specialist palliative care and support across the region.