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Commissioners offered support to deliver cancer recovery package

Commissioners offered support to deliver cancer recovery package

The recovery package for people who have undergone cancer treatment was announced on Sunday by Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, and CCGs will be expected to help deliver the scheme
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The recovery package for people who have undergone cancer treatment was announced on Sunday by Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, and CCGs will be expected to help deliver the scheme, so a leading charity has offered further guidance to commissioners.

The roll-out of the recovery package was committed to in England in the Five Year Forward View and "most CCGs have included it in their commissioning intentions for next year", while some are now starting to work with providers to get it in their contracts, Dany Bell, treatment and recovery programme lead at Macmillan, said.

Many CCGs are already providing elements of the recovery package and have included aspects of it in their plans and commissioning intentions. For example there are around 60 sites across the UK using the eHNA (electronic Holistic Needs Assessment) tool which forms a key part of the package.

“Macmillan are supporting a number of CCGs to develop information and business plans around the implementation of the recovery package. We’re also developing online information and training for healthcare professionals at the moment so we’d encourage people to keep an eye out for this and do get in touch with us if you’re interested in finding out more about the recovery package," she added.

There are no particular dates that commissioners need to be aware of at the moment, other than the government’s ambition for this to be rolled out across the country by 2020.

“At Macmillan we’re mindful that due to the government’s ambition the roll out needs to be accelerated and we are working with and approaching CCGs to show how we can support them,” Bell said.

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