We influence services by working closely with health professionals by suggesting ideas and improvements for the future. 

Work carried out by the Group
  • Involved in health promotion initiatives, including ‘Talking About Cancer’
  • Consulted about the re-location, signage etc. of the Macmillan Information Centres at Shotley Bridge Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham
  • Attend user engagement events arranged by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Durham Community Action
  • Provide a patient/carer viewpoint for new initiatives and projects, as and when required
  • Carry out ‘Five Senses Surveys’ of the 4 chemotherapy units in County Durham and Darlington.
  • Review wig provision
  • Proof-read patient leaflets and booklets
  • Work closely with local support groups

Involvement with the Northern England Strategic Clinical Network
Members of the CD&DP&C Group attend NESCN events, including:
  • Service User Partnership Group meetings (4 meetings a year)
  • Site-specific group meetings, e.g. breast, gynaecology, haematology
  • Cross-cutting group meetings, e.g. acute oncology, chemotherapy
  • Working group meetings, e.g. research
  • Peer Review Internal Validation meetings
  • Conferences/Workshops, e.g. Chemotherapy Services, Acute Oncology Services, ‘Finding 1,000 People, Saving 1,000 Lives’ etc.

Representation on Health Professional Groups

  • Cancer Locality Management Group 
  • County Durham & Darlington Foundation Trust - Cancer Services Group and Acute Oncology Group.
  • Peer Review Internal Validation meetings for County Durham & Darlington Foundation Trust
  • Cancer Survivorship Planning Forum