Cancer Champions

Cancer Champions wanted to offer support and information

We are looking for people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to help others find out more about cancer. 

It’s an opportunity to really make a difference to people’s lives.

The NHS, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK are creating a new network of Cancer Champions who will support people in their community to find out more about how to prevent cancer, tests that can help spot cancers at an early stage and services for people who are affected by cancer.

Who can be a Cancer Champion?

We’re looking for people who are passionate about helping others to get the right information and support at the right time.

Being a Cancer Champion is a voluntary role and you do not need to have any previous medical knowledge. You will be offered basic training from health professionals.

  • You might be have been affected by cancer in some way – whether that’s through a friend or relative, or perhaps if you’ve been treated for cancer yourself in the past. 
  • You might be part of a local community group or voluntary sector organisation.
  • You might work in a GP practice – we’d like to hear from healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff such as receptionists, who would like to help patients improve their knowledge about cancer or make changes within the GP practice that will benefit patients.
  • Being a Cancer Champion would also be excellent experience if you are interested in working in health or social care.


Why do we need Cancer Champions?

Dr Paul Danaher, Leicester GP and clinical lead for cancer at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is important that we find new ways of keeping people informed about cancer. Every year, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, but more people are surviving too. Over half of patients will now live ten years or more after their diagnosis.

“We want people living with and beyond cancer to have the information and support they need to have the best possible quality of life. There is plenty of support available but often it’s just a matter of knowing where to find it. We also want to help prevent as many people as we can from getting cancer in the first place and make sure that more patients are diagnosed early, when it’s easier to treat. But not everyone takes up the opportunity to have screening carried out when they’re invited, and people don’t always seek medical advice for symptoms that might be signs of cancer.

“We are already making improvements in our cancer health services, but sometimes the most effective way of getting information across to people is through their own networks, people that they see in their daily lives. This is where our Cancer Champions will be able to help.”

What will a Cancer Champion do?

The aim is to create a network of people who have good knowledge about cancer and local services including voluntary groups, charities and support based in hospitals, GP surgeries and online.

A Cancer Champion’s role will include helping to spread messages in your neighbourhood or workplace about cancer prevention, making people more aware of signs and symptoms of cancer and encouraging people to take up screening opportunities such as bowel, breast or cervical screening. 

I’m interested – who should I contact?

If you are a member of the public, or involved with a community group, please email Julian Wing at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group Julian.wing@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

If you work at a GP practice please email Chirag Ruda at Cancer Research UK Chirag.Ruda@cancer.org.uk