Join our Patient-Public Group

Would you like to be involved in bowel cancer research?

Our research aims to underpin the prevention of bowel cancer and improve the care of those with the disease. This involves linking information from many sources including cancer registration and hospital care in order to better understand the full patient pathway. Funded by Cancer Research UK, we are led by Prof Eva Morris at the University of Leeds.

We are looking for people to help guide how healthcare data should, or should not, be used to understand bowel cancer. You will act as an independent advocate for the public. Part of the role is to engage with the wider bowel cancer and general community to represent their views.

Our Patient-Public Group (PPG) members are encouraged to get involved in as many, or as few, activities as they are comfortable with to support the programme. Previously these have included:

  • Attending regular PPG meetings at our offices in Leeds (usually every 6-8 weeks) where we review our progress and future plans.
  • Working with the research team to propose new initiatives and coproducing them.
  • Blogging about events and conferences.
  • Undertaking activities at public engagement events such as the Great Exhibition of the North alongside members of the team.
  • Attending and taking part in national events such as Britain Against Cancer.
  • Attending and taking part in international events such as European Cancer Summits.
  • Working with the research team to write and review plain language summaries of our publications.
  • Advising on what projects are most relevant to patients and the public.

We are looking for volunteers to join the PPG – whether you have had personal experience of cancer or not. No prior experience is necessary.

PPG members are supported by our Engagement Facilitator. We provide:

  • Induction and training
  • Relevant expenses (to cover travel, accommodation and food whilst undertaking programme activities)

Application Deadline: 19th July 2019

Please contact our Engagement Facilitator, Emily Boldison for more information.