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Bloodwise responds to NHS England guidance on the implementation of the Recovery Package

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14 Apr 2016

Following the Cancer Taskforce recommendations last year, NHS England have now published guidance to ensure every person affected by cancer will have access to the Recovery Package by 2020.

NHS England have now published guidance to support commissioners and strategic clinical networks to ensure every person affected by cancer will have access to the Recovery Package by 2020, as set out in the new cancer strategy published last year.

The Recovery Package is a set of essential interventions designed to deliver a person centred approach to care for people affected by cancer. This includes: a holistic needs assessment and care planning; a treatment summary (TS); health and wellbeing events; and cancer care review (CCR).

Chris West, Head of Media and Public Affairs at Bloodwise, said: ‘We very much welcome the publication of this guidance and its person-centred approach to improving the quality of life for people living with and beyond cancer.

However, from our own Patient Need research we know that currently, too many blood cancer patients are not accessing post-treatment support, and that many feel current services are not appropriate for patients managing their blood cancer as a long term condition.

Collectively, blood cancer is the 5th most common cancer, so ensuring this guidance is developed and adapted for the specific needs of blood cancer patients is vital.  We will be working with the NHS to make sure the Recovery Package works for blood cancer patients.’

You can read NHS England’s guidance in full here.

To find out more about the Recovery Package, see here.