Author: Macmillan Cancer Support

Resource Type: Report

Categories: Supported self-management, Personalised care and support planning

Publishing body: Voluntary, community and social enterprise

Personalised care describes a philosophy that is integral to high-quality cancer services. In essence, Macmillan understands personalised care as being ‘designed in collaboration with the person who needs it, or with someone who knows them well, so that it is tailored to meet individual needs’1. Macmillan’s approach has always embodied these principles.

Personalised care is a crucial part of what Macmillan professionals do. Programmes such as Improving the Cancer Journey and Transforming Cancer Care (both in Scotland), and of course the Recovery Package, put people living with cancer at the centre and build support around them. This approach:

  • achieves a better service for people with cancer
  • uses our workforce more effectively
  • can save money by reducing hospital stays and treating people closer to home.

This document shares best practice in relation to personalised care in cancer services in a range of settings.

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