The Grampian Cancer Care Network (GCCN) was established in 2012 with the aim of developing a strategy for cancer services in Grampian. This network is also responsible for the local delivery of the national Detect Cancer Early Programme. From the beginning, it was clear that, in order to provide the best possible service to Grampian’s cancer patients, better partnership- working across all sectors was required – therefore, the Cancer Partnership Group was set up as a sub group to the GCCN.

The Cancer Partnership Group is a partnership between NHS Grampian, local cancer charities and Aberdeen’s Council of Voluntary Organisations (ACVO), focusing specifically on patient experience. The group has met on three occasions now and Susan Sutherland, Head of Maggie’s in Aberdeen, has been appointed as chair. The group will be integral to the development of cancer services in Grampian, as well as taking the lead on patient and public involvement in the development process, and will be involved in a number of specific projects.

In October 2013, the GCCN hosted its first Professional Conference, which will become an annual event, and feedback from the professionals who attended was very positive. One of the workshops was ‘Linking in with the 3rd Sector’, delivered by Debbie Thomson from CLAN and Louise Farmer from Macmillan, which provided food for thought on how 3rd Sector services could be communicated to health professionals to ensure all patients receive a high standard of information on what services are out there to support them.

To find out more information about the group, please contact Jenna Bews, GCCN Support Manager, NHS Grampian on jenna.bews@nhs.net.

There will be quarterly updates in the ACVO Bulletin from this group throughout 2014 to let you know how the group is progressing.