Cancer Insights Panels

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Join our panels

We’re looking for people affected by cancer to join two of our Patient Involvement panels. Our panel members share their experiences so that patient voices are at the heart of the work we do at Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

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Type of activity: Panel member

Organised by: Cancer Research UK

Location: Online, anywhere

Time commitment: Until June 2026. A 2-3 hour online meeting once a month and occasional email consultations. Our meetings will occur on weekdays in both daytimes and evenings.

Payment and Expenses: Payments for attendance are based on how many consultations you participate in. This will usually be between £30-£50 per month depending on the length of the activities.

Closing date: Tuesday 23 April 2024. This opportunity may close early if we receive a high volume of applications. If you’re interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

About the panels

The Cancer Insights Panels shape the work of Cancer Research UK to ensure it reflects the needs of people affected by cancer. You'll have the opportunity to share feedback on projects across the charity.

There are two panels: Research & Strategy and Policy & Communications.  Each panel has its own focus on certain types of projects, but you don’t need any prior knowledge or expertise to join either panel.  

We're looking for people who

  • Have been affected by cancer, either personally or through a close family member/friend.
  • Want to use their experience to influence and shape our work.
  • Can consider a broad range of people’s cancer experiences. 
  • Are currently a resident in the UK.

    You don’t need

    • Any experience of public speaking.
    • Any experience in advocating for cancer patients.
    • Any prior knowledge of CRUK or the work we do.
    • Any prior experience of Patient and Public Involvement.
    • An understanding of research or scientific understanding of cancer.

    Download a copy of the role profile

    We’re particularly interested in hearing from

    • People aged 18-30
    • People over the age of 60
    • People who identify as men
    • People from LGBTQIA+ groups
    • People from ethnic minority groups
    • People who consider themselves disabled
    • People on lower incomes (for example, those who receive income support, are unemployed or retired)

    Support offered

    • A key contact throughout your time on the panel is available via email or phone.
    • An online induction session with other new panel members to find out more about how you can contribute to our work and understand the role you’ll play.
    • You’ll receive background information on anything we consult you on.
    • Role adjustments to participate in consultation activities (e.g. adjusting font size on documents, sending hard copy reading materials in the post rather than by email etc.)

    How to join?

    • Please get in touch if you'd like to chat, have specific needs to discuss, or aren’t sure whether to apply.
    • You can submit your application by completing the form in writing or on the phone with one of our team.
    • Contact the team on 0203 4698777 or email to arrange a call.
    • Please submit your application by Tuesday 23 April 2024

    What happens next?

    • The Patient Involvement team and current panel members will review applications. We’ll be in touch to let you know if you've been invited for an interview.
    • We often receive more applications for roles than we have spaces available and will choose applicants who best meet the criteria outlined in the role profile.
    • We may close this advert early if we receive many applications.

    Request an application pack