HEALTH chiefs are appealing for people with direct or indirect experience of living with cancer to help shape services for victims.
The NHS is extending the invitation to people in Burton as part of a two-year initiative running with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Under the project, a workshop will be held next week at East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, in Waterloo Street, Burton.
Burton GP Dr Charles Pidsley, chairman of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which will soon be responsible for funding the borough’s health services, said: “We are at an early stage of reviewing our services for people with cancer, and this workshop is an important part of a consultation to help us find out people’s views.
“You don’t need to be someone who has cancer, or has recovered from it. The views of relatives or carers are just as important.
“Having the views of people who have some experience of cancer will help us work with Macmillan to work out changes and improvements that could influence services for decades.”
Nationally, there are estimated to be two million people who either have or have had cancer, a total expected to double by 2030.
Dr Pidsley said: “With more people expected to develop cancer it is more important than ever that we have a long-term plan for providing support and care.
“We are undertaking this with Macmillan as together we have so much experience of working with relevant partners, including patients and carers, and want to hear patient experiences to identify gaps and redesign services where appropriate.”
The workshop will run from 9am until12.30pm on Thursday, January 24. There is no charge and no need to book.
As there will be a rolling programme of presentations and various people to discuss issues and share information with, it will not be necessary to arrive at the start.
For anyone unable to attend the workshop there is an online survey at www.northstaffordshire.nhs.uk, accessible by using the ‘Help transform local cancer care’ link.
The deadline for submissions will be Monday, February 28.
More information is available from Karen Evans by calling 01543 509768 or 07860 593880.