Neil's Blog #31

on Friday, 22 January 2016. Tags CancerCare, Cumbria, Kendal, Lancaster, LancasterUniversity, localcharity, NorthLancashire, SouthLakeland, StJohnsHospice, SueMcGraw

Good Morning, I don’t know about you but this week seems to have gone so quickly. I think I am very lucky in having a job that is so interesting and varied.

This week being a great example of the variety of issues and topics coming across my desk.

Neil Sue

Me with Sue from the Hospice.

The week started with the first of our office based staff meetings of the new year. It was a great to welcome Sue McGraw the CEO of St John’s Hospice in the first of some exchange visits that we have planned. I think we all learned something new about our neighbours and long may our positive relationship continue. We also spent some time thinking back as a team over the developments in 2015 and looking ahead. It is fair to say this created a real “buzz” in the room!

On Tuesday we held our regular Management Meeting, which includes our Chair, Robert, Vice Chair, Andrew and Fiona our Finance Director. The main focus of our discussions was the development of the budget for 2016/17 and how we link the delivery of our three year plan objectives into it. It was a lively and useful debate. The Budget report and recommendations’ will be considered by Trustees on the 1st February.

students

Ready to hit the streets!

Some of our Lancaster University student team (pictured) also popped in to collect some equipment they need before commencing their on the street surveys in Lancaster and Kendal. They are such a keen group.

On Wednesday Alison Dixey and I met William Lumb, a GP from Cumbria who is responsible for implementing a new IT system to help all GP’s access and make referrals to a variety of organisations. We are really pleased that CancerCare will be included in the early trials of this new system and we will be working with William over the coming months to get this started. This should be of huge benefit to the patient as they progress through their individual illness pathway.

Talking of meetings I was pleased to hear really positive feedback following a meeting between our therapists who work with children. A great use of time and a way to harness ideas and priorities for the development of our Children & Young People's service. The power of meaningful engagement is so good for any organisation.

It is good to talk!

Regards, Neil.