Patient representative role - independent National Cancer Advisory Group

We're looking for two patient representatives to join the newly established independing National Cancer Advisory Group which will assess implementation of the new cancer strategy (in England).

Application deadline: 29 January 2016

First meeting: 8 March 2016

Location: Central London

About the role

Following the publication of 'Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020', an independent National Cancer Advisory Group is being established. Its role will be to advise on the implementation of the recommendations within the strategy and assess progress being made towards it.

The chair will be Sir Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK, who also chaired the independent Taskforce which developed the strategy. The group will include professional bodies, representatives from cancer charities and two patient representatives.

Cancer Research UK has been asked to help find two patient representatives to join the group. Knowledge of cancer services, the NHS and experience of working within similar national groups will be beneficial. The group will meet formally 2-3 times a year but there will also be opportunity to participate in broader discussions about elements of the strategy implementation. 

Applications will close 29 January 2016 and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on 4/5 February 2016. The Advisory Group will meet for the first time on 8 March 2016 in central London.

Role Responsibilities

Patient representatives will need to:

  • Prepare for and attend 2-3 meetings (generally in London), as well as providing comments by email and telephone as required
  • Respect the viewpoints of others in  the group and participating constructively in meetings
  • Respect any requests for confidentialityof the deliberations and decisons made by the group 
  • Providing the perspective of someone affected by cancer where appropriate in discussions, and more broadly providing patient perspectives 

The skills and attributes we are looking for are:

  • Experience of cancer (either personally or through the experience of a loved one)
  • A keen interest and understanding of National policy and NHS service issues relating to cancer
  • Objectivity with the ability to consider the needs of all people with experience of cancer in relation to the work and share thoughts and concerns appropriately
  • Confidence to voice your opinions clearly and participate in group discussion
  • Good communication skills with an ability to listen to and respect differing opinions and constructively express own view
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality where required
  • Commitment to involvement of people affected by cancer in public policy
  • Experience of attending similar formal meetings (this may be in any setting)
  • Some experience of patient and public involvement in public policy and knowledge of issues important to cancer public policy is desirable
  • Experiences, perspectives, skills, knowledge required for the opportunity

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