The person centred follow up (previously known as stratified care pathways) enables follow-up care tailored to an individual patient. This will either take place through a supported self-management approach, with rapid access back into the specialist team should this be needed, or continued face-to-face follow up appointments with health care professionals.
Research has shown that these pathways have empowered patients to self-manage their condition. 78% of patients responding to the survey stated that they had the information, advice and support that they needed to manage their condition.
Of the patient’s that responded, 83% reported that they were more confident in managing their own care than before.
Patients also reported that the emotional impact of moving from treatment, where contact with healthcare professionals was frequent, to aftercare was difficult to manage.
In response to this evaluation, the Living Well Offer was formed. Further information about the programme can be found on this page, including the opportunity to attend a Living Well Session which offers support, advice and signposting to local services within the community as well as in the hospital. This offer is open to anybody affected by cancer. They can book on to the sessions as many times as they wish at any point within their pathway; at diagnosis, throughout treatment and after treatment has completed.
(reference: Macmillan. (2013). The Recovery Package. Available: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/_images/recovery-package-sharing-good-practice_tcm9-299778.pdf. Last accessed 11th January 2019.)