I'm proud to be part of an organisation that collaborates with the NHS

on Friday, 06 July 2018. Posted in Blog Tags Barrow, Blog, cancer, CancerCare, Kendal, Lancaster, localcharity, northlancashire, slynedales, southlakeland

CEO of CancerCare Neil's Blog

Hello at the end of another glorious week.

It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge that yesterday, on the 5th of July, the NHS celebrated 70 years of service to us all.

Driving into work yesterday, the NHS choir launched the official birthday song, a great version of “Get by with a little help from my friends” celebrating not only the 70 years, but the collaboration that has been developed over this time with many organisations.

Despite the many challenges that the NHS faces, I am proud to be part of an organisation that works collaboratively with our NHS trust across Morecambe Bay and strives with them to provide the very best services we can for patients. Happy Birthday to the NHS!

On Monday the Senior Management Team had a fuller meeting where we looked in some detail at the feedback staffand supporters have given us on the mission, vision and values debates that have been going on. Thanks to everyone for some interesting views all of which are being fed into the final round of discussion with our Trustee Board, more on this to come.

No, I haven't lost the plot - yes, this is an ice rink! In the fundraising world Christmas is on the agenda. This week we have had staff looking at Christmas card designs.

I met with Martin Horner at The Borough in Lancaster, one of many great business supporters, to discuss with him how we might organise a special event at the outdoor ice rink which he is organising in Dalton Square.

Closer to home - an appeal to all. We have our very special StarWalk on September 29th in Kendal.

This year we are taking this back to its roots as a memory walk in great surroundings. This is one of our major fundraising events of the year and the team is working hard to re-energise it. It would be really boosted if as many people as possible could take part.

On Thursday evening Alan and I attended the guest night of the Dukes park production of “The Three Musketeers”. I was on duty, as such, but it was a great opportunity to catch up with many key local contacts. It’s amazing how many joint supporters and patrons we share. It’s a brilliant show; a must see!

This weekend I am out tonight catching up with my “girlfriends” over dinner in Southport and tomorrow Alan and I have some friends from Pilling over for dinner. Have a great weekend everyone. I will, in between food preparation, be watching a certain football game. Come on England!

I will leave you with a few amazing facts about our NHS on its 70th birthday.

Did you know?
• The NHS in England treats more than 1.4 million patients every 24 hours.
• The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world, along with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Indian railways and the Wal-Mart supermarket chain.
• The NHS in England is expected to spend £126 billion in 2018/19
• There are more than 7,400 GP practices in England
• In March 2017, the NHS employed 106,430 doctors, 285,893 nurses and health visitors, 21,597 midwives, 132,673 scientific, therapeutic and technical staff (across England’s hospital and community healthcare services (full-time equivalent))
• There are more than 100 volunteering roles within health and social care
• There were 16 million total hospital admissions in England in 2015/16, 28 per cent more than a decade earlier
• The total annual attendances at England’s accident and emergency departments was 23 million in 2016/17, 23.5 per cent higher than a decade earlier
• In comparison with the healthcare systems of ten other countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) the NHS was found to be the most impressive overall by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017.



Neil Townsend
Chief Executive Officer