Last July the Independent Cancer Taskforce produced a report which subsequently became the new Cancer Strategy for England. The strategy includes 96 recommendations for change, covering areas such as diagnosis, treatment, prevention and care. If these recommendations are delivered, it is estimated a further 30,000 cancer patients will live for ten years or longer by 2020. We commented on the Strategy when it was published in July, setting out our broad support and we are keen to see all of the recommendations delivered.
A new National Cancer Advisory Group has now been set up, tasked with advising the NHS and others on implementing the new Strategy. The Group is advertising for two patient representatives to offer their first-hand experience of treatment and care to the Group as they conduct their work. Ideally, they are looking for someone who, in addition to their personal knowledge of cancer services and the NHS, has some experience of having worked in a national group of this kind before, although this is not essential.
Applications close 29 January 2016.
So if you feel you have the skills, experience and time to contribute, we would encourage you to apply.
More details of the role, and who to contact if you are interested, can be found on the Cancer Research UK website