Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
Macmillan Cancer Support to launch new Cancer Information Service for Dorset
09 August 2017

Macmillan Cancer Support and the Dorset Cancer Partnership today announces £340,000 worth of funding for a new Dorset Macmillan Cancer Information Service. The service, for those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis in the area, will develop improved access to support and information, a strong online presence and a mobile information service provision.

The Dorset Macmillan Cancer Information Service will ensure that cancer patients, their families and carers, across the county, are able to access information and support appropriate to their different circumstances and levels of need.

The funding is worth over £340,000 over a two year period. It covers the recruitment of three dedicated staff as well as the expansion of a mobile service provided by Wessex Cancer Trust and the development of skilled volunteers through two local voluntary organisations, Dorset Advocacy and Help and Care.

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, who will manage the project, hope to start recruitment in September 2017 of the new specialist roles which include a project manager and two project officers, with all post holders in place by January 2018.

Debbie Fleming, Chair of Dorset Cancer Partnership said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Macmillan, which will enable us to enhance access to vital information and services for people living with and beyond cancer in Dorset.

“The service will focus on improving access to cancer information across the whole of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, whether that be from a GP surgery, hospital, community facility or online.”

Chris Scally, Macmillan Partnership Manager for the Wessex region said: “By working with hospitals, primary care, voluntary sector groups and patient support groups this service will help provide the right care, support and information for people in Dorset. This is the largest investment by Macmillan in the Wessex region this year and I’d like to thank the fundraisers and people who donate to Macmillan as this project would not be possible without their superb efforts.”

Macmillan relies upon donations from members of the public, and now more than ever the charity needs your support in Dorset to continue funding vital services like this. To get involved, donate, volunteer or campaign, call 0300 1000 200 today or visit macmillan.org.uk/get-involved.

For support, information or if you have any questions about cancer, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk.