Macmillan Cancer Support is working in partnership with Fife Health & Social Care Partnership to introduce an innovative support service for people affected by cancer.

The £1m Fife Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service  will see a vast array of community partners such as housing, voluntary agencies, health, Trusts and financial support agencies working together to support people affected by cancer.

This new partnership initiative started in three Fife communities from June 2018:

  • Leven
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Cowdenbeath

It is early days but the learning and feedback from families and staff from the first three service areas will help develop and improve this vital cancer support service further.  This is with the aim of rolling it out across Fife by October 2018.

Mary Lynch

Sharon Breeze

Key to helping people diagnosed with cancer is the support of the Local Area Co-ordinators, Mary Lynch and Sharon Breeze.  Mary and Sharon are non-clinical staff who are trained on all the different types of support people affected by cancer may need. Fears people may have can include how they are going to cope financially, worries around employment or emotional stress for both themselves and the impact the diagnosis could have on their family and friends.

Support people can receive includes:

  • knowing where to go for practical and emotional support
  • helping people deal with housing or financial concerns
  • connecting people with local support services or groups, such as voluntary agencies
  • advice on how to get help from health and social care services and Trusts, and;
  • support for family members and carers

To find to out more contact Mary and Sharon on 01592 578076 or Improving.CancerJourney@fife.gov.uk

Check out the Improving the Cancer Journey Leaflet

The Improving the Cancer Journey  service builds on the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) work which was officially launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in June 2013.  Over the course of 2016/17 funding from Macmillan Cancer Support was invested to focus on the initial three areas:

Lung Cancer

Skin Cancer (Melanoma)

Integrated Cancer Care Support