Health and Wellbeing Events
Health and Wellbeing events are designed to support patients after treatment by offering information, access to social support and empower patients to self- manage their condition. This can help them to better manage emotional distress and take part in social activities as well as learn more about living with and beyond cancer.
These events are run in different ways by different trusts however they should all provide information and support on: financial support, how to get back to work, diet and lifestyle, long-term side-effects of treatment and local services. They are typically held in informal and relaxed settings and offer patients the opportunity to meet other people with similar experiences.
The Cancer Alliance has supported all Trusts to deliver health and wellbeing events in their areas in 2017/18 and 2018/19. A range of events have been held that have included specific presentations, workshops, taster sessions of different activities and market stall information sharing.
Comments received from patients who have attended a Health and Wellbeing Event include:
“Meeting people with different cancers and sharing experiences”
“Lots of information available”
“Gain advice and information about surviving and improving present condition.”
“Opportunity to speak to one to one with professionals.”
The majority of patients are invited by the cancer nurse specialists and through outpatient clinics, however events are promoted via the Macmillan Information Centres, GP practices and social media. Evaluation of these events is ongoing and will be uploaded when available.
Macmillan provide a guide on planning these events which can be found at: https://be.macmillan.org.uk/be/p-23612-health-and-wellbeing-events-how-to-guide.aspx