Macmillan Cancer Support teams up with Healthwatch to listen to views on cancer services

Macmillan Cancer Support teamed up with Healthwatch Lancashire to deliver a series of interactive events, which gave seldom-heard groups the opportunity to discuss their views on cancer, which is estimated that more than one in three people will develop at some point in their lifetime.

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The findings from the events, which captured views of those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Friends Group and the Seniors Together In Rossendale group, have now been collated and can be viewed on the Healthwatch Lancashire website.

The reports highlight the findings from the second and final Healthwatch and Macmillan On Tour events, which both took place in March 2016. Members of the groups were asked to share their views and experiences about people’s perceptions of cancer and how they feel more people can be encouraged to have their say on cancer services.

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These two events are part of a larger programme of work with local Healthwatch and Macmillan Cancer support, and follow on from a event which took place earlier in the year where young people at Preston College had their say. From this event 48% of the group said that they didn’t feel listened to by health professionals.

The events were delivered with the support of drama-based training company, AFTA Thought, who encouraged the group to share their views using scenarios and real life case studies provided by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Healthwatch Lancashire is the voice of the public when it comes to health and social care, making sure peoples views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in their area.

Click here to read the reports.