As survival from cancer improves, the number of people living with cancer as a long-term condition is increasing, with evidence that their wider social, emotional and practical needs, beyond their clinical care, are not always met.
In Tower Hamlets:
Over 4,600 people are living with cancer, around 745 people are newly diagnosed with cancer every year and about 300 people die of cancer annually. Cancer is the largest cause of premature death in the borough (among adults under 75 years). 66% of men and 58% of women with cancer have one or more comorbidities, which include: hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, anxiety, depression, asthma, chronic heart condition, COPD, liver disease, and frailty
The Macmillan Local Authority Partnership Programme (THMLAPP) in Tower Hamlets is a transformation programme which launched in February 2018. It aims to ensure that everyone living with and beyond cancer can easily access the full range of wider holistic support required to enhance quality of life.
The following are pilot services developed by the programme and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support:
- An 18-month pilot with 2 full time Macmillan Cancer Care Navigators to be provided by East London Foundation Trust.
- A 12-month pilot Take Home and Settle Service to be provided by Age UK East London. This service will provide practical and daily living support for cancer patients in treatment.
- A Community of Practice which will be facilitated by a Quality Improvement coach from EQUIP Tower Hamlets, for 2 years.
We are looking for a dynamic, highly motivated and organised individual with superb programme coordination and communication skills to support the delivery of this programme, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and North East London Cancer Alliance till March 2022. You will work closely with the Programme Lead, the Tower Hamlets Together Partnership involving a range of stakeholders including people affected by cancer. You will support the team’s transformation work across North East London and support implementation and evaluation.
Objectives of the role
- Providing business support and coordination function for the programme
- Supporting the administration of the schedule of Programme Board meetings and Partnership meetings, including minute taking, monitoring Action Log, coordinating papers and agenda items
- Overseeing the different workstreams and liaising with stakeholders
- Developing and implementing communications and engagement plan
- Managing network of people affected by cancer involved in co-production group
- Supporting set up, delivery and evaluation of the Community of Practice
- Supporting the delivery of the two new grant funded services (Take home and settle service and Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator service)
- Assisting with producing regular reports and presentations partners and stakeholders, including a number of internal and external boards and committees
- Hosting and coordinating engagement, consultation and or co-design events with stakeholders
- Planning and co-facilitation of training sessions
- Supporting the monitoring and evaluation activities including collating reports from data provided and pulling together case studies
- Managing budget related activities including:
- ensuring payments are made to service providers on a monthly and quarterly basis
- evidence of activity is gathered and recorded
- expenditure is tracked and reconciled
- Invoices and purchase orders are raised and processed
- End of year financial activities are completed
In order to achieve our aims and objectives and support roll out across north east London, we require a programme coordinator who is personable, enthusiastic, meticulous in their planning and able to operate across organisational boundaries.
To deliver this programme, the role holder will be required to:
- build relationships and work with individuals, teams, networks and existing services
- communicate clearly the ambitions and opportunities MLAP programme offers
- influence and support stakeholders to work with the programme and adopt a shared approach
- deal with challenges by being responsive and adaptable to specific situations and context
- find solutions together to improve outcomes for patients and carers
- undertake significant stakeholder engagement including with those affected by cancer
You will be based within Integrated Commissioning Division whilst working closely with teams across the council including Adult Social Care and Public Health. You will also have close working arrangements with Barts Health, the acute provider, primary care and the wider community and voluntary sector organisations in Tower Hamlets and beyond.
Although directly employed by Tower Hamlets Local Authority, this post is also one of a network of over 8000 Macmillan health and social care roles that Macmillan supports across the UK (known as Macmillan Professionals). Macmillan see these staff as much a part of Macmillan as any directly employed member of staff.
Being a Macmillan Professional gives you many additional opportunities, such as access to a range of free learning and development, free information resources, support from a range of Macmillan subject experts, as well as access to our UK wide networks of cancer and palliative care specialists. For further information please go to:
Potential candidates are encouraged to get in touch for an informal discussion about this post. Please contact, Zereen Rahman-Jennings, Programme Lead, Tower Hamlets Living with Cancer Programme
The closing date for applications: 4th May 21
Interviews are likely to be held on the week of:17th May 21