Get involved: for patients and the public

The Royal Marsden is an NHS Foundation Trust, meaning it is part of the NHS but independent from the Department of Health and directly accountable to its local community. We are committed to ensuring our patients have the best experience and that patients, carers and members of the public can be involved and engaged in our work in many different ways. Anyone who would like to help and have a voice, is welcome.

How would you like to help?

There are many aspects of our work with which you can become engaged or involved. A short description is given below and to find out how, click on the links. 

Become a volunteer

If you are interested in making a valuable contribution to our work in non-clinical roles designed to enhance the patient experience, become a volunteer. Volunteering can range from meeting and greeting visitors to helping with Radio Marsden. 

Become a Foundation Trust Member

If you would like to receive information about the Trust’s work and future plans, be invited to Members’ events, and have a say about our services and how we could improve them, you can become a Foundation Trust member.

Get involved with our services

If you would like to be involved in improving our services, making a difference to how we approach cancer care, and supporting future developments using your unique patient experience, you can get involved with our services.

Get involved with our research

If you have ideas about research and/or would like to be involved with the research we undertake towards delivering better cancer treatment and care, you can get involved with our research.

Join our Cancer Patients' Voice Platform

If you would like to have a say in our research and services and would prefer to get involved online, register for our new Cancer Patients’ Voice platform, where you can contribute to discussions, surveys, and more.

Become a Governor

If you are already a Foundation Trust member and you would like to advise and help support the Trust Board and senior management to understand the needs of its patients, carers and local community, you can become a Governor.

Volunteering opportunities

If you would like to help and support patients and carers in many other ways, then you can become a volunteer. Learn more about the various opportunities for volunteering by clicking the links below.

Patient and public involvement: our experiences

You can choose to be involved or engaged in one or more of the options above. We will provide any necessary training and support that you feel you need. However much or little you decide is right for you, we are grateful for your support. You will be helping us improve the experience of patients, their carers and their families at The Royal Marsden.

If you want to know more, listen to the experiences of patients and carers who are involved with us. They talk about their individual experience; the reasons they are involved, and the impact of their involvement.

The importance of diversity in patient and public involvement

Having diverse voices, i.e., from patients and carers with different socio-demographic and illness characteristics, is helpful in ensuring we take a range of views on board. Everyone is an individual, and cancer may affect everyone differently. We would like to hear from different patients and carers, so that we can tailor services to the full range of patient needs and improve research outcomes for all.

To find out more, listen to the views of patients and carers about the importance of diversity in patient and public involvement.

PPI/E introductory sessions and workshops

From January 2022, our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E) Team will be running a number of introductory sessions to PPI/E, along with practical digital transformation and artificial intelligence workshops. These are aimed at patient and public contributors who support the work of The Royal Marsden.

Explore the full programme and find out how to register by clicking the button below. 

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