Putting Personalised Care at the Heart of Cancer Support
27 January 2021
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.