The Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Macmillan Cancer Support, NHSScotland and local authorities to support a redesign of care following active treatment of cancer.
The programme was officially launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in June 2013:
What do we hope to achieve?
The aim of the programme is to support and enable cancer survivors to live as healthy a life as possible for as long as possible.
As well as taking steps to improve the experiences of people affected by cancer following the completion of their treatment, critical to the success of TCAT will be the inclusion and integration of services across more than one sector, particularly with regard to managing the transition from acute to community.
Why is change needed?
The world of cancer has changed - as a result of earlier detection and better treatments, many more people are surviving. But services to support people after cancer treatment have not kept up with these changes. We need to transform care after cancer treatment and do more to support people with the physical, emotional and financial issues they face.
How will change be driven?
Macmillan Cancer Support is providing £5 million over five years to facilitate the development and implementation of models of care that:
- Enable people affected by cancer to play a more active role in managing their own care
- Provide services which are more tailored to the needs and preferences of people affected by cancer
- Give people affected by cancer more support in dealing with the physical, emotional and financial consequences of cancer treatment
- Improve integration between different service providers and provide more care locally
The first phase of the programme, working through the three Regional Cancer Networks, will support development projects to test new models of care after active cancer treatment. The first phase developments were approved in December 2013. A second phase of the programme will be launched in Autumn 2014 and priority will be given to bids led by primary and social care:
Who is directing the initiative?
Leadership for the programme is provided by the TCAT Programme Board, which consists of representatives from the regional cancer networks, primary care, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Government, social work and the Scottish Cancer Coalition, and is chaired by a Health Board Chief Executive.
The involvement of patients and carers in the design and delivery of the programme is critical to its success. The Programme Board will be supported by a Patient/Carer Reference Group which is currently in the process of being established.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in being part of this group, please email the National Programme Manager Gordon McLean: