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Are You Interested in Influencing Cancer Services

The Mid Nottinghamshire Cancer programme is undertaking a significant work programme to transform cancer services in line with local and national strategies.  Our work is currently focusses on improving services for patients living in Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood.  We are working with lots of organisations to influence change, including our local GP practices, hospitals, community services, councils, and voluntary sector services.

Our aim is to transform cancer care across Mid Nottinghamshire by:

  • Improving earlier diagnosis of Cancer
  • Improving survival rates at 1 and 5 years
  • Improving patient outcomes
  • Improving patient experience
  • Improving support for patients living with and beyond Cancer, including their carers and families

Through the Mid Nottinghamshire Cancer Patient & Carer Reference Group, we are inviting patients, carers and members of the public to work with us to influence how we improve our local cancer services.  Volunteers might have been affected by cancer themselves, or through experiences of someone close to them, or they may have in interest in improving cancer care.

Meetings are held every 2 months to discuss the programme, and consider how we implement our plans in a patient focussed approach to improve services.  Whilst we would value members attending meetings regularly, we appreciate this can be difficult; especially given individual circumstances, e.g. other commitments or personal health issues.  So we are open to explore alternative ways to engage across our membership, for example virtual membership.

Anyone wishing to express an interest in getting involved in the group, or interested to find out more about our work can contact Ruth Willis, Macmillan Cancer Service Development Manager at Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, or email the Better Together team:

Ruth Willis           01623 673693
Better Together team          


Mental Health Services for Older People – Transformation Event

Nottinghamshire Health Care Trust are holding and event for Carers, Patients and staff to share their experiences and ideas to help the Trust to help them to make positive changes to service delivery.

The events take place at:

  • Millbrock Mental Health Unit – Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4JL  on Wednesday 12th October from 10am-3pm
  • Highbury Hospital – Highbury Road, Nottingham, NG6 9DR on Friday 21st October 10am – 3pm

For more information download: MHSOP Transformation Event



Carers Council – Newsletter

THE CARERS’ COUNCIL – Allies in Adult Mental Health

The Carers’ Council is a charity and offers support across Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City (and beyond) to families, friends and carers of those experiencing mental distress by providing:

  • Someone to talk to about experiences
  • Quarterly Open Meetings with speakers and social activities.
  • Quarterly Newsletter of events and
  • Outings for members and family
  • Promoting a partnership approach – working with NHS healthcare staff, Councils and other organisations

If you would like to find out more or would like support, contact Geoff Curtis: Tel: 0115 9631916 or email:

Download the latest newsletter: microsoft-word-carers-council-a5-december-2016-pdf-newsletter

Rally Round – Free online network

A free online service in Nottingham is helping people to stay in their homes for longer, improve health and wellbeing, and reduce isolation.

Rally Round allows a network to be created around a person with care needs. Anything that the person needs help with can be listed as a task and trusted friends, family members, neighbours or staff involved in their care can see this, discuss it, agree to take it on and let everyone know when it has been done.

Rally Round helps share the load – jobs can be anything from doing the shopping, helping someone getting out and about, changing a lightbulb, keeping appointments or tidying the garden.

It is a simple idea. A co-ordinator, who is usually the main carer for the person being rallied around, invites family, friends and volunteers into a private support network where jobs are listed. Everyone in a support network can see what jobs are waiting for volunteers, what jobs they and others have already offered to do, and jobs that have been completed.

An estimated 1.5 million older people with care needs in the UK rely on family and friends for help. Rally Round is designed to make it easier for them to provide this care.

Rally Round is provided free of charge through the support of Nottingham City Council. So city residents or anyone who cares for someone who is a resident of Nottingham can create a support network using a Rally Round account. Once a support network has been started, any trusted people can be invited to join, regardless of where they live.

It works on desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and a daily or weekly email provides a useful reminder of what has been agreed to do.

How it works:

Visit the website

  1. Create an account for someone who needs help
  2. Invite trusted friends and family to help
  3. Add the tasks which need doing
  4. Your trusted helpers complete the tasks.

To find out more about Rally Round, watch this short video –

Free photography courses for adults with mental health problems September 2016 to June 2017

From September 2016, Nottingham Photographers’ Hub is running free courses on Digital Photography in the city centre.  Each course lasts 10 weeks, on a Thursday or Friday afternoon and sessions last 3 hours. Cameras are provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer.

At the end of the course, there will be an exhibition where you can show your work to family and friends. The people at the Photographers’ Hub are happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have before you join them.

For further information please contact Clare Rhule on 0115 947 0364 / 07833 683100

NHS Nottm. North & East Clinical Commissioning Group Annual Public Meeting 2016

Save the date! 

7th September 2016

3:30pm- 5:30pm

Hucknall Rolls Royce, Watnall Road, NG15 6EP

Health stands, Health Checks, Meds. Management, Weight Management, Smoking Cessation

Buffet & Drinks

Presentations and Guest Speakers

Local NHS Plans

Question Time

You can pre book youtr place by contacting Nikki Biddlestone: 0115 883 1790/ 

Carers Survey – Whats Important to You!

Nottingham City Council and NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group are asking carers to complete a short survey on how carers find out information and what’s important to them in future services.

If you could complete the attached survey Carers survey July 2016 NCC.CCG
and email it to: by the 28th July 2016

If you have any questions please call Steph Stanton on 0115  962 9311.



Yoga and Relaxation Course

The stroke association are running a Yoga and Relaxation Course Starting in September which will benefit Stroke survivors and their carers.  (Priority will be given to those  living in the County.

For more information download: Yoga Relaxation

Adocacy 2 Engagement (a 2 e) Expert By Experience

a 2 e write and deliver training with and for people with learning disabilities and are looking to recruit people who have experience of using or supporting a family member to use health or social care services.

The experts will be held on a register of casual workers and will join the Care Quality Inspection teams helping people who use their service to have their say.

If you are interested  and would like more information phone Teresa on 01623 821534.

University of Derby – Free Online Learning

University of Derby – Online Learning

The University of Derby have created a free online short course entitled, “Understanding Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD” that is designed to help individuals to learn more about these conditions and a course entitled “Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People Living with Dementia” To register for these courses visit: