People's Voice

The People's Voice ensures patient voices are listened to at every level of decision making.

Patients and the public - those who use and care about health and wellbeing services - have invaluable knowledge and experience which can help shape and improve local cancer services. That is why patient and public involvement through the People's Voice is fundamental to cancer services decision-making across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Explore this page to find out more about the People's Voice and how you can get involved.


If you are a staff member and would like to share any opportunities for patient involvement, please complete this form

What is the People's Voice?

Through the People's Voice patients, carers, members of the public, support groups and voluntary organisations sign up to receive information about our work and to ensure that they are aware of service improvement opportunities that are available to be involved in.

You can become members of our specialist clinical networks, attend meetings to share views and personal experiences and be a part of building future local cancer services within the NHS.

By also operating as an extensive virtual network, the People's Voice makes it easy for everyone to be heard and contribute, regardless of their work and personal commitments or circumstances. If anyone is unable to attend meetings and events in person, people can still engage in online surveys, comment on documents, publications or key issues and share their personal stories.

How can I get involved?

We are currently building opportunities for patients to get involved in many aspects of cancer care and decision making across Lancashire and South Cumbria. 

Opportunities include:

  • Attend groups and meetings
  • Completing online surveys
  • Public speaking to local groups
  • Proofreading documents created for the public
  • Attend conferences
  • Attend training sessions
  • Attend events

If you would like to submit an expression of interest to be involved in shaping current and future services, please complete the form further down this page. 

Pauline's experience

"I have recently been involved in the interview process for two separate posts. The first was for a Patient Volunteer Co-ordinator and the second was for a Lead Palliative Care Nurse. Two very different roles. It is important for anyone reading this to understand that I was involved as a patient not a health care professional and that the NHS and Macmillan recognise the importance of patient input and involvement. I was provided with all the necessary information prior to interviewing and had a chat with other panel members to ensure I was prepared. I was not expected to ask clinical questions only things I understood. Both experiences were very positive, I felt fully involved in the process and final outcome. For me it was the opportunity to be involved in a positive way and feel I was helping others and myself. Cancer patients have a lot to offer and getting involved is I think a very positive experience."

What works for you?

If you were going to receive regular updates about the People's Voice, which would be your preferred method of communication?

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