The Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Macmillan Cancer Support, NHSScotland and local authorities to support a redesign of care following active treatment of cancer.
The programme was officially launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in June 2013:
The aim of the programme is to support and enable cancer survivors to live as healthy a life as possible for as long as possible.
As well as taking steps to improve the experiences of people affected by cancer following the completion of their treatment, critical to the success of TCAT will be the inclusion and integration of services across more than one sector, particularly with regard to managing the transition from acute to community.
This approach will help people play a more active role in managing their health and well-being, provide services which are more co-ordinated, tailored and responsive to need, and help people deal with the physical, emotional and financial impact of cancer treatment. Over the course of 2016/17 funding from Macmillan Cancer Support has been invested to focus on the initial three areas: