Cancer and its treatment brings many challenges for patients and their families, not least physical and psychological recovery, and a return to work and/or activities of daily living (reintegration). Whilst developments in cancer treatment and a rise in survival rates has led to increased chances of people returning to work or other vocational/occupational activities, people with cancer continue to live with the long-term effects of the disease and/or its treatment. As a result, survivors may require some support to return to a more active life post-treatment, and evidence suggests that multi-disciplinary programmes, informed by CBT and Third Wave approaches are an appropriate intervention in this respect.
The poster will describe a collaborative project, undertaken by hospice and NHS services, which aimed to develop an ACT-based group programme. The poster will briefly outline the background to, and rationale for, the project before describing the development of a six-week programme, informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The group protocol was designed to support participants’ identification of their core values, which some felt had been compromised because of cancer and treatment.
Subsequent content and activities enabled participants to take up, or return to, significant activities that were in line with, or a ‘step towards’, their values. The programme was delivered on three occasions to small groups and in total ten participants, referred from both hospice and NHS settings completed the full programme. Participant feedback and facilitators’ reflections on the programme suggest it was a supportive process, leading to an increase in functioning and sense of self-efficacy and a small data set is available which supports this. The results of the group evaluation will be discussed, and recommendations and conclusions made.