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Current and former cancer patients are using their lived experience and sharing thoughts and ideas to help shape the build of Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH).

Patients are involved in the project in two ways; the Patient Advisory Group (PAG) and Cancer Network.

Patient Andy and wife June, members of the Patient Advisory Group
Patient Andy and his wife June

Patient Advisory Group (PAG)

Members of our Patient Advisory Group are integrated into the project, working alongside the project team. Members of the group sit on workstreams (for example: design and construction, communications, transformation, fundraising) and our Co-Chairs, Neil Stutchbury and Fiona Carey, sit on the Operational Delivery Board.

We hold monthly PAG meetings called ‘Test Design Challenge’ meetings, where PAG members and other patients review an area of the proposed Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital and offer their thoughts and ideas based on their lived experience. Recent meetings have focused on catering, digital, wayfinding, and inpatient and outpatient journeys in the new hospital. Through these meetings, the project team receive valuable insights and feedback, which help to shape the design and plans for the new hospital.

Our PAG is a more formal way of getting involved in the project. If you are interested, or have experience which could be beneficial to one of our workstreams which include Workforce and Transition planning, and sub- working groups including inpatients, outpatients, day case and admin spaces, please email us at

PAG co-chairs Neil and Fiona
Our Patient Advisory Group co-chairs, Neil Stutchbury and Fiona Carey

Neil explains what co-production means to him. "I got involved with the Cancer Patient Partnership Group and CCRH as a way of giving something back after being successfully treated for cancer at Addenbrooke’s. Working with the hospital has made me passionate about co-production; the idea that if you bring together patients along with experts and staff, you will design something quicker and better than if patients weren’t involved. Patients see things from a different perspective and can point out why some design ideas may not work or can advise how the new hospital should look and feel."

"We are all proud and pleased to be involved in such an important new facility."


Cancer Network

Our Cancer Network is a more informal way of being involved in the development of the new hospital. It is open to everyone, whether you are a past or current patient, family member or carer with experience of looking after someone with cancer, staff or professional or member of the public, with an interest in cancer.

Involvement in the network ranges from filling in short surveys, invitations to events, the option to attend a twice-yearly update from the project team and monthly invitations to the ‘Test Design Challenge’ meetings.

You will also receive our quarterly newsletter which is full of project updates.

If you are interested in joining the Network, please complete a short form (opens in a new tab) (opens in a new window) and you will be added to the mailing list.

Members of our patient network
Members of our Patient Advisory Group and Network