A CALL is being issued for public representatives to join a project which could help shape the region’s cancer treatment pathways and palliative care.
The Macmillan Cancer and Palliative Care Improvement Project is seeking public representatives to join the Cancer Pathways and Palliative Care Improvement Steering Group.
The new Project delivered in partnership by Macmillan Cancer Support and Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care will engage with people who both deliver and receive services, support and care – so as to understand how the cancer journey may be improved.
And it will support consideration by the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Board on future pathways of care.
Public representation will strengthen public involvement in the group and ensure that the views and experiences of people affected by cancer and/or palliative care are taken fully into account.
You may have a personal experience of cancer or not, and have an interest in improving the cancer and palliative care services and support in the region.
Ideally, the public representatives will be from each of the four localities of Dumfries and Galloway, which are Wigtownshire, Stewartry, Nithsdale and Annandale and Eskdale.
The group’s membership will also include:
- Macmillan Cancer Support Partnership Manager
- General Manager Health and Social Care
- Associate Medical Director
- Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine
- Lead Nurse for Health and Social Care
- Lead Oncology Nurse
- Strategic Planning and Commissioning Manager and Lead of the Project
- Social Work representation
The role of the Group is to oversee the day-to-day activity of the Project and agree the dispersal of the Macmillan Small Grants Fund amounting to £120,000 to take forward small tests of change in relation to cancer, palliative, end of life and bereavement care and support.
The Group meets monthly and travel expenses to and from the meeting venue will be paid. Venues and dates will be discussed at the initial meeting in September 2018.
Future meetings of the group will take place across the region.
Strategic Planning Manager/Commissioner for Cancer, Palliative Care and Children’s Services Alexandra Little said: “We’re very excited to be at this stage in the project, and it’s incredibly important that people come forward to help support this very important work.
“So much of what’s being done here involves speaking to the public about their experiences, so as to help inform future approaches.
“And so we’re extremely keen that public representatives have a strong voice in the Steering Group, helping to ensure those experiences are listened to and fully considered.”
To apply to be a member of the Steering Group please contact Laura Grierson by emailing her at dg.MiP@nhs.net or calling 01387 272725. for an application pack. The closing date for applications is 7 September 2018.