Macmillan Primary Care Nursing Project

The NHS Long Term Plan states that cancer survival rates in England are higher than they have ever been.

In 2016, the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (NCPES) reported that only 62% of cancer patients living in south west London felt their GPs and nurses at their general practice did everything they could to support them whilst having cancer treatment.

The Macmillan Primary Care Nursing project started in March 2018, and following a Training Needs Analysis, found that the majority of General Practice Nurses working in south west London are seeing cancer patients on a daily or weekly basis for their other long-term conditions. The project focused on developing the role of Primary Care Nurses across south west London to better support their patients living with cancer as a long-term condition and to improve patient experience.

The project was funded for two years by Macmillan Cancer Support and was led by Sandra Dyer, Primary Care Lead Nurse; Sarah Dewhurst, Specialist Clinician; and Yvonne Damanhuri, Project Manager.

The project is being evaluated in March 2020. You can find all educational resources here, and if you would like to get in contact with the project team, please email

Project resources