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  • Are you interested in improving care for people with cancer by sharing your views and experiences?

  • Do you have personal experience of cancer as a patient or unpaid carer?

  • Do you live in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey or Islington?

  • Have you received cancer treatment in a north London hospital? *

How do we work with patient and public voices?

Patient and public participation is an essential part of North Central London Cancer Alliance’s (NCLCA) way of working. We want to build strong and collaborative relationships with our Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners to get the very best from our participation activity to improve cancer care in North Central London.    

NCLCA values diversity and is committed to involving people in ways that are appropriate to them. The role categories offer a variety of engagement opportunities, designed to meet the diversity of individuals’ needs, interests  and availability.   

Effective collaborative relationships with our patient partners should mean that individuals who work with us are clear about the requirements of their roles, what is expected of them and the support they can expect from our team.

Roles within our Patient and Public Voice network

We have worked with our Patient and Public Involvement Strategy Group to develop detailed descriptions for four different role categories for patient partners. These range from one-off participation activities, to regular involvement, to expert advisor roles.   

Role types are based on the NHS England Patient Partner Voice Policy (2017), incorporating cancer specific detail from NHS England Cancer Programme Forum (2023).

We are currently reviewing and updating all of our current patient partner roles and to match each to the relevant role category.  Each Patient and Public Voice opportunity will have a detailed role description that includes:  

  • Detail on what the role involves  
  • Examples of the type of engagement required  
  • Time commitment/length of involvement 
  • Expenses/remuneration for the role 
  • Information the ways of being involved and whether or not you need to apply for the role  
  • Information about when confidentiality agreements or declaration of interests are required  
  • Training requirements that may apply to the role  
  • All patient partners will receive our stakeholder e-newsletter which is issued three times a year.  You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.    
We will be developing the introduction process with the Patient and Public Involvement Strategy Group. We will contact all of our patient partners individually to talk through the process of introducing these updated descriptions. If you have any specific queries regarding the roles or the process of introducing them, please contact Sharon Cavanagh.

Getting involved

If you are willing to share your views and experiences, represent others, and have an interest in making cancer services better, we would like to hear from you.  

For an informal chat and more information about becoming a Patient Partner please contact Fiona Martin, Patient Partnership Manager –  fiona.martin30@nhs.net  or call 07929 069134.  

*North London hospitals

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 
  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 
  • Royal Free London NHS FoundationTrust (incl. Barnet and Chase Farm) 
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust 
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) 
  • Whittington Health NHS Trust 
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