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Addenbrooke’s Cancer Patient Partnership Group

The Addenbrooke's Cancer Patient Partnership Group (CPPG) is a group of patients and carers who work with hospital staff to improve cancer services by sharing the patients’ views and raising concerns on their behalf.

CPPG and co-production within Addenbrooke’s Cancer Services

CPPG and co-production within Addenbrooke’s Cancer Services


Who are we?

  • We are a group of cancer patients, carers and healthcare professionals.
  • We are varied in age and background, and bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the group.
  • We use our experience to help improve cancer services for everyone.

What do we do?

We work together as patients, carers and healthcare professionals to:

  • Improve patient and carer experiences along the whole cancer pathway - through diagnosis, treatment and after – for cancer patients at Addenbrooke’s.
  • Plan new services.
  • Ensure that the patient, carer, family and staff perspectives are heard.
  • Consult with and listen to people whose lives have been affected by cancer to help make positive changes in services.
  • Represent the patient in hospital committee and planning meetings, including the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cancer Board.
  • Bring the experiences of people affected by cancer to the attention of those who fund, commission, plan and manage services in the area.
  • Ensure that patient information is easy to understand.
  • Participate in many different projects, big and small, that benefit from patients’ views.

Our success stories

  • Campaigning for clinic letters to be written from clinicians directly to patients, with copies to GPs.
  • Contributing to the redesign of the Oncology Outpatients Department.
  • Writing communication guidelines and tip sheets for patients and clinicians during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Contributing to the development of a new finger prick test for patients to detect the possibility of neutropenic sepsis.
  • Gathering and promoting information on patient buddy schemes as a way of supporting patients.
  • Designing and updating the contents of information packs for new cancer patients.

Interested in joining?

  • Get involved in improving cancer services.
  • Give as much or as little time as you like.
  • You can attend workshops, or just participate online or by phone.
  • You can be any age from 16+.
  • You can be a patient, carer or family member.
  • Our committee steers the work of the group but you don’t have to join the committee to help out with other activities.
  • You don’t need any special skills.

I was so nervous about my first meeting, especially as a younger cancer patient, but everyone made me feel so welcome. Now I have the opportunity to use my experience for good; to make things better for future patients like me.

Hannah - Patient member
Hannah - Patient member

How you can join in

Contact us

Remember that you can share your views:

  • as little or as much as you want
  • by email or phone
  • by joining our committee meetings

We are actively looking for more members from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBT+ communities, plus younger members (<50 years). Your voice matters and we want to make sure it's heard.


A copy of the CPPG annual report for 2021/22 can be found below.