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At Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust our Health and Wellbeing Programme, where family members are welcome and encouraged to attend, consists of three branches of support which are:

  • The First Steps Cancer Programme – for anyone recently diagnosed with cancer

  • Health and Wellbeing Events – for people at the end of cancer treatment

  • Thinking Ahead – courses and monthly information and support group sessions for anyone living with incurable cancer

We have worked with cancer patient focus groups to help us design a health and wellbeing programme for people affected by cancer and their families as patients told us they wanted information earlier, with fewer booklets and more conversations.

Many patients diagnosed with incurable cancer also told us that they were not sure where to turn for information and support and often felt in limbo.

NHS England also highlight the importance of Health and Wellbeing support for everyone diagnosed with cancer, as part of national cancer strategy around delivering personalised care.  

The aim of the session is to inform people of the support available to them throughout their cancer journey and to assist them to help themselves. Sessions run every month and some of the topics included are:

  • an introduction to cancer treatment
  • the professionals you are likely to meet
  • the importance of keeping physically active when you have a cancer diagnosis
  • services available to support you
  • diet
  • managing emotions
  • stopping smoking

For more information on First steps please click here which will open in a new page or navigate to the First steps tab on the left.

Sessions will now be held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Please contact our cancer team secretary on 01484 343490 or email to book a place for you and a family member.

Every three months we hold full day events for people who have come to the end of their cancer treatment in community venues.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are not currently able to offer face to face Health and Wellbeing Events, though we are planning to run these virtually. If you are interested in joining the events once they are up and running, please contact Heather Milner (details above) or the Macmillan Information Team (details below) who will then notify you of a date of the next Health and Wellbeing Event. 

The aim of these events is to support patients in living as healthy a life as possible after cancer treatment, as well as managing the side effects of treatment such as fatigue, weight changes and appetite.

Booking for these events is by your clinical team, so please phone them directly to reserve a place for yourself and a family member.

Our programme includes:

  • A formal Thinking Ahead Course running over three afternoons or mornings

  • A monthly information and support session consisting of one speaker and a support group/time for coffee and a chat afterwards

The aims of the Thinking Ahead Programme are:

  • To help keep patients as well as possible for as long as possible.

  • To encourage living life to the full in a supported, self-managed way.

  • To offer support to family members.

  • To give advice on local services and how to access them when needed.

  • To allow an opportunity to consider future planning towards the end of life.

  • To give an opportunity to meet key people who may be able to help in the future.

  • To offer time for questions and concerns.

For more information on the Thinking Ahead programme click here.

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