#WeAHPs - Thursday 28th March 2019 8pm (GMT Standard Time) AHPs and cancer rehabilitation

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This chat is guest hosted by @annalowephysio @KarenPhysio

We are delighted to be facilitating a Tweetchat on cancer rehabilitation. 

This is a great opportunity to share learning from the leading work of Transforming Cancer Services Team (TCST)  in London around the development of commissioning guidance for cancer rehabilitation; with a particular focus on data and service improvement tools.

This will be relevant to anyone involved in cancer rehabilitation including service users, commissioners and healthcare professionals. It is also relevant for people involved in rehabilitation for other long term conditions.  We hope that you can join us!


There are many different types of rehabilitation services that can help transform the lives of people who are living with cancer, or who are recovering from it.

These can range from specialist speech and language therapy for patients who have undergone laryngectomy for head and neck cancer, to walking groups in cancer support centres.

People affected by cancer may require rehabilitation services at different points in their lives and there are many ways they can support people. These include:

  • Helping patients recover from treatment and time spent in hospital
  • Supporting people to return to work, education and leisure activities
  • Improving the management of specific long term effects such as pain, fatigue or reduced mobility
  • Providing emotional support for patients and their families/carers
  • Improving Londoners’ quality of life and function and enabling them achieve their personal goals.
It is likely that demand for these services will only grow as our population ages, and more people survive cancer and live with the consequences of their treatment.

The Living with and Beyond Cancer team as part of the pan-London Transforming Cancer Services Team, have undertaken a 3 year project to develop commissioning guidance for cancer rehabilitation. The original scoping work was completed in 2016 and led to work which included 3 workstreams: 

  • mapping of services in London
  • development and piloting of a minimum dataset 
  • development of service improvement tool

All work was overseen by a multi-disciplinary Steering Committee Chaired by Dr Karen Robb and the user voice was central to all 3 workstreams.


  1. To discuss the role of cancer rehabilitation for people living well with a beyond cancer. 
  2.  To explore the role of data and barriers/facilitators- including the development of a minimum dataset for cancer rehabilitation, how the dataset could be used.
  3. To discuss how Transforming Cancer Services Team service improvement tools could be used to raise the profile of cancer rehab services, improve relationships with commissioners and support real time evaluation of services

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