The cancer services user group consists of people whose lives have been affected by cancer and its treatment, either as patients or as carers. The group aims to consult, listen to and represent the patient / carer view of the cancer-related services offered by Colchester Hospital, based on their own experiences and those of other patients or carers. We aim to bring those experiences to the attention of those who fund, commission, plan and provide services in our local area to improve the patient experience and their outcomes. The group is well-respected for actively pursuing its goals, assisting and influencing change.
We invite relevant healthcare professionals to attend our meetings to learn from their expertise and we pass feedback onto them.
We work very closely with both clinical and administration staff involved in the provision of cancer treatment and care at the hospital and within our community. We have two representatives on the Colchester Hospital Main Cancer Board – the only patient representatives in that group. We are additionally involved in the local ‘locality’ and ‘STP’ (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) groups that are tasked with the structure and implementation of future cancer care in our area. We also have close links with the local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Groups) who are responsible for commissioning both hospital and community NHS services, including GP and dental services.
We meet at the hospital on the first Tuesday of every month for two hours, 10-12. Our meetings are regularly attended and supported by the Colchester Hospital Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse (Sarah Orr) and administration and secretarial support is provided by Debbie Smith, Personal Assistant, Cancer Performance and Strategy.
Should you require any further information about the cancer services user group, wish to get involved or provide feedback on cancer related services please contact Pam Talman by email or call her on 01473 702 101.