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Penny Brohn publishes evaluation of cancer services

6 June 2016

Cancer charity Penny Brohn UK has published the findings of a year long evaluation of their Wellness Package of services to support people living with cancer.

This report comes at a time of building momentum for the health and social care system to link better with the voluntary sector, as outlined in NHS England's 5 Year Forward View. Penny Brohn UK are one of the five partner sites selected for the Realising the Value Programme.

The Wellness Package delivered 60 Living Well courses across the UK (reaching 519 people), and provided 12 months’ of follow-up support. The report looks at the six week and 12 month retrospective experiences of people using their Wellness Package services.

Penny Brohn UK's new evaluation report findings in a nutshell

  • Concerns and wellbeing improve after the course: The patient-centred outcome measure known as MYCaW (measure yourself concerns and wellbeing) data showed that peoples' concerns and health related quality of life significantly improve after six weeks and this is sustained 12 months after attending Penny Brohn UK’s services. The most common concerns expressed were around needing help with psychological and emotional issues.
  • People are more able to self-manage their health: PAM (patient activation measure) data was collected, showing that people had a significant shift in their activation scores six weeks after the Living Well course. This indicates that people are potentially more able to self-manage their health after the course. Also, when asked directly six weeks after attending the Living Well course, 86 per cent of people reported they were more able to self-manage their condition. People reported that self-management involved juggling key themes of diet, exercise and stress-management techniques.
  • People change the way they use healthcare services: 12 months after the course, healthcare service use data showed a trend to use healthcare services less after accessing Wellness Package Services (note: this data is only a trend due to small data set size). Also, 45 per cent of people responding to our evaluation said that their experience of the services had made a positive difference to the way they accessed medical services by giving them confidence to ask questions and make decisions about their care with doctors.

If you have any queries please contact helen.seers@pennybrohn.org.uk, Research and Evaluation Lead at Penny Brohn UK.

Penny Brohn publishes evaluation of cancer services
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