Manchester Knowledge Exchange

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A big thank you to everyone who attended the Knowledge Exchange Workshop in Manchester on 1st December 2016. We hope that everyone who attended found the day useful and thought it was a success.

On the day we covered a variation of topics including the National Update, a focus on research, a service users journey, service snapshots, marketing, behavior change, and next steps. To find all of the relevant resources please access Team Space here.

Below are the six poster presentations given by Lincolnshire, Walsall, Manchester, Sheffield, Northern Ireland, and Luton:

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Move More North Staffordshire Cancer Lifestyle Service

Alice Sharp, Project Coordinator for Move More North Staffordshire Cancer Lifestyle reflects on the rewarding year the service has had since The Beth Johnson Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support partnered in 2015.

Everyone who is affected by cancer is an individual with their own needs. Although there may be trends, different factors affect people in a different way, highlighting the importance of providing a person centric service to people living with and beyond cancer. Alice says “some days I am having conversations about healthy eating after radiation treatment, other days I am talking about regaining fitness after surgery. Some days I will be supporting somebody with taste change and nausea and other days I will be signposting to local exercise classes.”

Cancer imposes itself on an individual, and then life during and after cancer treatment is very different to the life they had before, the life they called normal. For example, family roles, responsibilities, and relationships change, medical appointments become common, work becomes difficult, minimised or even stopped, leaving that individual a long way from ‘normal’.

After treatment, medication can bring side effects, and their physical appearance may be different. It then becomes difficult for people to know how they should be feeling, how to deal with anxiety and low moods, all due to various reasons including a reduced support network. Adapting to a new ‘normal’ is important but difficult.

This is where the one to one support a Move More service can provide will help. Although physical activity might not be on the forefront of their mind, a new ‘normal’ might mean adapting to a different level of energy than before cancer treatment. Studies have shown that moderate physical activity can help reduce cancer related fatigue. “Being active does not necessarily mean ‘doing exercise’; small goals such as going outside every day may be the first steps. The North Staffordshire Cancer Lifestyle Service supports individuals by having conversations around listening to their body and acknowledging that fatigue levels can change” – Alice Sharp

“The process of making positive lifestyle changes can give a person a sense of control, which can help to alleviate this anxiety. Eating well and being active are two key components of a healthy lifestyle and these have been proven to decrease anxiety.”