The Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) employability programme

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An innovative Ayrshire wide project that will support people recovering from cancer to get back into work has been launched by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support, working with partners in the private, public and third sectors.

The Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) employability programme will provide positive assistance to support individuals to return to work. Furthermore, it will develop a greater awareness amongst local businesses to provide supportive relationships with people affected by cancer, for mutual benefit.

This project is part of Transforming Care After Treatment which is a national partnership between the Scottish Government, Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Scotland, the Regional Cancer Networks, Social Work Scotland, COSLA, Local Authorities and the Third Sector to support a redesign of care following active treatment of cancer.

Ayrshire partners include East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Macmillan Cancer Support, Ayrshire Cancer Support, CEIS Ayrshire and Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.

Iona Colvin, Director of North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership proudly stated, “This is a partnership of like minds with a shared objective that we are committed to. Being diagnosed with cancer, or caring for someone who has cancer, can be a hugely difficult and sensitive time. People may be dealing with many medical, emotional and financial issues, so support to help them to stay in work or return to work can be vital. The support from TCAT will help them move towards a more stable and healthy life.”

Macmillan Cancer Support is providing £5 million over five years to facilitate the development and implementation of innovative models of care. The aim of the programme is to support and enable people recovering from cancer to live as healthy a life as possible for as long as possible.

Macmillan’s Development Manager, Nici Hill-Lyons added: “We know cancer can affect every aspect of someone’s life and these problems don’t go away just because treatment has ended. Many patients tell us they don’t know where to go for support. Some don’t want to bother their busy clinical teams with worries or questions between hospital appointments. For many others their biggest worries aren’t medical at all, but are financial, emotional or practical.

That’s why Macmillan is spending £5m to fund the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme, working in partnership with the Scottish Government, the NHS, local authorities and patients across Scotland. The programme aims to change the way people are supported after their treatment ends, making sure they get the care that’s right for them and those around them.”

For more details or to book a place at a business seminar, please contact: or call 01294 317780.

Business Seminar: Work and Cancer

You are invited to attend a free business seminar to find out how you can take positive action to support your employees with cancer that will benefit them and your business.

The potential costs to employers and the economy are clear:

  • £5.3 billion is the estimated cost to the UK economy of people affected by cancer dropping out of the labour market
  • There can be a significant business benefit for employers who support the efforts of people affected by cancer returning to work or staying in work during some stage in their cancer journey
  • Savings can be measured by calculating the costs of recruitment, training & retraining against the retention of highly skilled and loyal company employees.

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