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Clare Lait, a Community Specialist Physiotherapist with Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation project at Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) NHS Trust, has a leading role in the latest national advertising campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Not Alone campaign, which includes TV advertising, outdoor posters and radio ads, highlights the range of medical, emotional, practical and financial support Macmillan can provide to people living with cancer and their friends and family.

The advertising features real life health professionals from across the UK. The campaign focuses on the breadth of services Macmillan provide, from giving information when cancer is first diagnosed, to providing physiotherapy after treatment to help people get their lives back. 

Clare was recently filmed at North Cotswolds Hospital, for the next phase of the national campaign. Clare said, “It is a great privilege to be representing the physiotherapy profession in this national campaign. Cancer and its various treatments are associated with a wide range of physical symptoms. Physiotherapy-led exercise can improve quality of life for cancer patients, regardless of the type and stage of their disease. My mission as a physiotherapist is to help people not just survive, but thrive.”

Lee Hodgson, Macmillan Head of Service for the South West said, “We’re so grateful that Clare is being featured in our Not Alone campaign. It’s important that people affected by cancer know that Macmillan is there to help everyone, and being able to highlight the great work of local health professionals and the Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation project, is so important.”

At GCS NHS Trust, Clare is part of the Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation project, which is currently in a pilot phase. The pilot is a joint partnership between GCS NHS Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK. The team currently run a variety of programmes to help address the consequences of cancer treatment in Gloucester City and the North Cotswolds. They also offer a ‘Take Control’ health and wellbeing group workshop, discussing a range of topics including fatigue, anxiety, diet and activity. Following this workshop participants will also be given information on a range of rehabilitation services available in their area.

If you live in Gloucestershire and have been diagnosed with breast, colorectal or prostate cancer and want to find out more, please take the next step and visit www.glos-care.nhs.uk, call the Macmillan Next Steps Cancer Rehabilitation team on 0300 421 6586 or email nextsteps@glos-care.nhs.uk. 

 

15 February 2017 

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