We need you! People affected by cancer invited to attend User Involvement Meeting to help improve the quality of cancer services in local hospitals

Cancer user involvement
We need you! People affected by cancer invited to attend User Involvement Meeting to help improve the quality of cancer services in local hospitals
06 April 2017

PEOPLE affected by cancer are invited to attend a user involvement meeting which will look to help improve the quality of cancer services at hospitals run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The first meeting of the User Involvement for Cancer – The Next Steps group will be held on 27 April 2017 from 5.30pm until 7.30pm in F7 Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital.  Refreshments will be available from 5.00pm.

The group is open to anyone who has been affected by cancer.  This can be a patient, friend, carer, partner or family member.  Health professionals from The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust which runs The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and community services, will attend the meeting to discuss new ideas and cancer initiatives with the group and obtain their feedback.

More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Although there are more than 200 different types of cancer, in the UK the four most common types are: breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.

Alison McCarthy, Macmillan Lead Cancer and Palliative Care Nurse said: “We have had a longstanding cancer patient user group called Pennine Patient User Partnership (PPUP) which has shown great commitment from its members.  We hope that moving forward this group will be an extension to the fantastic work that PPUP has done over the years and so move forward with new initiatives. 

“The purpose of the group will ultimately be to influence the development and continued improvement of cancer services for patients and their carers who are receiving care and treatment within the Pennine Acute Trust footprint.  It will represent the views of people affected by cancer and raise local issues so that these can be a point of reference for healthcare professionals when they propose service improvements and redesigns. 

The group will have close links with the Trust’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre which is based at North Manchester General Hospital.  The centre can be contacted by emailing 0161 604 5244 or email macmillan.infocentre@pat.nhs.uk   More information on the centre can be found on the Trust website http://www.pat.nhs.uk/our-services/macmillan-centre.htm

For further details and to confirm attendance please email charlotte.brosnan@pat.nhs.uk or ring 0161 627 8699 (there is an answerphone facility) by no later than Monday 17th April 2017 for refreshment purposes.