Support for support groups in Humber, Coast and Vale Region | Guest Blog

01 November 2020 - by David Allen

Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is hosting a free online share and learn event for cancer support groups in the Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) region.

On Wednesday 4th November 2020, Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance (HCV CA) is inviting cancer support groups from Scarborough, Cleethorpes, Hull, York, Northern Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, to join them for a share and learn event.

The Alliance recognise that many support groups have had to pause or adapt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the free event will provide groups with an opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, meet similar groups from across the region and find out more about the work of the Alliance. 

The Cancer Alliance brings together all the organisations that commission and provide cancer services in the Humber, Coast and Vale area, enabling effective and co-ordinated partnership working to improve patient experience. By working in collaboration with local cancer support groups, the Alliance aim to ensure their work is informed and influenced by patients, carers, the public and other key stakeholders.  

Alison Cockerill, Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme Manager at HCV CA is chairing the online event and said: 

“Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we have spoken with several cancer support groups from across our region that have either paused their activities or have had to adapt in order to continue supporting those living with and beyond cancer. As an Alliance, we want to ensure our population is aware of the health and wellbeing support available and that groups have an opportunity to network, share and learn from each other within a supportive environment. 

“We will also be using the event to update local support groups about some of the exciting work that is taking place across the Alliance, for example the recent launch of a new NHS England and NHS Improvement Quality of Life Survey which recognises that quality of life (QoL) outcomes are as important to patients as survival and asks patients ‘how are you doing?’

“We are thankful that Cancer Care Map are attending and supporting the event, and look forward to them joining us as we raise awareness of the wider support which is available to those living with and beyond cancer.” 

To find out more about Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance, please visit www.hcvcanceralliance.org.uk or click here to sign up for the Share and Learn event. 

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