Who is in the Forum?
The Greater Nottingham Cancer Forum is a voluntary group made up of people whose lives have been touched by cancer. Our mission is to improve cancer services from a patient/carer perspective. We are self-governing and give up our time free of charge working in collaboration with the Cancer Centre at the City Hospital, other local NHS organisations and the voluntary sector.
The forum represents a wide range of people and experiences and aims to improve cancer services for everyone across Nottingham’s diverse communities. The Forum is patient/ carer led and according to our constitution the Chair and Vice-Chair are elected from its patient/carer members
The forum meets for a couple of hours each month at the City Hospital either as a full committee meeting or as a working sub group: see our meetings schedule. All out of pocket expenses are paid and free training is available to new members. Parking at City Hospital Campus is free of charge. If you can spare the time and would like to join the forum, then please contact us.
What have we achieved?
We have already been successful in establishing effective working links with service providers (mostly cancer teams within the Nottingham University Hospitals) and with cancer patients/carers, largely through the various Cancer Self-Help Groups. Through this we have identified a number of areas where the service can be improved and many of these improvements have already been implemented. Some examples of our achievements
- Lobbied to improve emergency admissions for cancer patients
- Undertook observational Surveys in Radiotherapy & the Macmillan Information Centre
- Observed the Hospital food service
- Engaged with NUH Pharmacy re delayed Discharge
- Lobbied for improved parking at Maggie’s centre
- Supported a Radiotherapy bid for an after care support post
- Visited Self-Help Groups to obtain feedback re patient concerns
- Provided members to sit on Internal Validation panels at NUH to monitor service
- Undertook a focus groups with Head & Neck cancer patients & elderly members of the Chinese Community
Reaching Out to Others
We are constantly looking for ways to reach out to cancer patients and their carers by attending events. In December 2014 we brought together 17 of the Nottinghamshire Cancer Self Help & Support Groups with local health organisations at our conference “We are in it together let’s make it work”
Our delegates said
- ‘We have been in need of this get together for a long time’
- ‘Annual meeting please. Invite some GPs and staff from doctors’ surgeries.’
- ‘Good to hold on a regular basis so support groups are known about and liaise so that hospitals and professionals are aware of our support and what we can do’
- ‘It put the word ‘Forum’ back into GNCF’