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Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys

Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council are working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support on a programme called “Improving the Cancer Journey in Powys”.


The aim is to ensure that everyone living with cancer in Powys gets the right help and support to live their life as fully as they can, by providing them with the practical, physical, emotional, spiritual, and social support they want or need so they can achieve what matters most to them.


Cancer is classed as one of the Big 4 diseases within the Powys Health and Care strategy.  In Powys there are just under a thousand people a year diagnosed with cancer.  With improvements in cancer care treatment and drugs, it is now often the case that people are living longer, and well, with cancer, and, as a result, it is important that their health and well-being needs are met.    

The programme aims to develop a model of care similar to one developed

in Glasgow. The model will offer everyone who is diagnosed with cancer a

personalised and supportive conversation (called a holistic needs assessment)

with a key worker who will be able to discuss and support all their needs and

offer advice, information and signposting in a co-ordinated way.

This support could cover things like information on:


  • welfare benefits

  • returning to work

  • making a will

  • social care packages and carers assessments

  • access to occupational therapy or lymphodema health services

  • how to tell family members or children about a diagnosis or treatment

  • dealing with tiredness, fatigue or pain management

  • nutritional advice

  • best types of exercise

  • local support groups  

If you’ve not been offered/completed a holistic needs assessment

and you’d like to do so, please contact either PAVO or the

Bracken Trust.  If you are caring for a loved one you are also

welcome to get in touch with Credu who support unpaid carers in the county.


See our Useful Links tab (below) for contact details and see our

'Support Closer to Home' leaflet /  our poster here


The experiences of people living with cancer are at the heart of shaping this project. If you would like to share your story – either as someone living with cancer or a family member, please get in touch. You can email the project team at 

Our ICJ documents

As the programme progresses we’ll add information and key documents to the page to keep you updated. Please take a look at our:


In the video below Dylan Owen, Head of Commissioning at Powys County Council up until September 2022, explains how the programme came about and what it will mean for people living with cancer in Powys.   Both the council’s Welfare Benefits Team and the ASSIST team (Adult Social Services Information and Support team) are key to the support offered as part of the programme.


  1. From blue badges to support with PIP applications the Welfare Benefits Team support Powys residents living with cancer to access the benefits they are entitled to.   

  2. The ASSIST team exists to simplify and ensure care and support is coordinated when someone needs it whether that’s around discharge from hospital, help at home with daily living or getting home adaptations or access to community transport. Click on the links in the Useful Links Tab (below) for more details.


For more videos from both professionals and people living with cancer visit our You Tube Channel.

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Below: Chair of Powys County Council, Councillor Gareth Ratcliffe greets delivery partners and ICJ sponsor for the programme at one of the summer events.   Left to right -  Marion Baker (Bracken Trust), Sharon Healey (PAVO) and Becky Evans (Credu) and Dr Ruth Corbally, Macmillan GP Cancer Lead and the Clinical Lead for Cancer for Powys Teaching Health Board and ICJ Sponsor.  Tim - a Welshpool resident - gave a speech at the Welshpool event. Read it below. 

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