Improving patient information and support across the region




Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Project

I’m Jackie and was appointed as Macmillan Health & Wellbeing Delivery Lead back in March with the Northern Cancer Alliance.  I’m excited to be leading a two-year project funded by Macmillan which aims to reduce the variation of information and support available to cancer patients, their carers and families across the North East and North Cumbria region.

My previous role was Head of Social Prescribing at Edberts House in Gateshead and Regional Learning Co-ordinator with NHSE, supporting social prescribing link workers across the North East and North Cumbria in primary care and VCSE.  Through my experience and knowledge gained in these roles I am passionate about ensuring patients have access to holistic support that considers their wider health and wellbeing needs, connecting people with co-ordinated support that reflects “what matters to them”.

How will the project be delivered?

The initial phase has been to review cancer focused health and wellbeing services, including Macmillan Information and Support Centres across the region.  It’s been a pleasure to visit the centres and meet the amazing teams of committed staff and volunteers that already provide such important support to anyone experiencing cancer.  The Macmillan centres are a valuable resource that offer advice and information on a broad range of issues and provide an excellent opportunity to connect our cancer communities across the region.

What does the project aim to achieve?

The aim of this work is to develop a case for further investment and co-ordination of these already excellent and dedicated services, to improve what’s on offer for patients and to understand how information services and support can be more accessible to best meet patient needs.  This could include identifying digital opportunities for improved access, or a co-ordinated approach towards training and education for staff and volunteers working with cancer patients.

Working in Partnership

By aligning centres to their wider communities, engaging with other VCSE services, listening to cancer patients and working with partners, the project aims to address current and future health and wellbeing needs of cancer patients and carers through improved access to information and support.

If you’d like to find out more about the project or want to get involved please contact Jackie Jamieson, Health & Wellbeing Delivery Lead at Northern Cancer Alliance: