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RHL - Macmillan Cancer Education

Our project is run in partnership and with funding from Macmillan Cancer Support. Statistics showed that the Nepali community were not accessing Cancer or End of Life Services.

We have raised awareness of services and remove the taboo surrounding cancer, training 30 local Cancer Ambassadors who work in the community giving advice as well as signposting to GPs and other health services.

We also recruited a Nepali Cancer Educator who works with health professionals helping them understand Nepali culture and customs, which will lead to better understanding of the community and therefore more meaningful treatments.

We are also training Nepali advocates to support those with cancer, right through from diagnosis to treatments and in some cases, end of life.

The project really helps the local Nepali community to be able to understand what cancer is and receive appropriate advice so they are able to take steps that will reduce the risk of developing the disease. Our vision is for those that are engaged though the project to be able to seek the available help and have access to the right information and cancer care.

The project in Rushmoor ended in March 2017 and we are now replicating the programme in South Reading. The demographic of South Reading is very different with Nepalis only making up a small percentage of their BME community.

There are also large pockets of deprivation and a history of non-engagement. However, the model can be adapted to meet the needs of any community and we continue to enjoy working in partnership with Macmillan and the Reading Clinical Commissioning Group

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Office: 01252 362660

Email: nisha.sharma@rhl.org.uk







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