In Autumn 2014 Sanofi UK awarded OPAAL the Gold Award in its 2014 Patient Group Bursary Scheme; a scheme that supports initiatives across the UK that make a tangible difference to patient empowerment and education. OPAAL’s gold award of £25,000 allows us to set up a Cancer Patient Train the Trainer Programme.
Ang Broadbridge is leading this work for OPAAL, Ang said “this award allows us to do some really intensive work raising the profile of independent advocacy for older people affected by cancer; I am looking forward to working with our trainers over the summer to co-produce a training programme we hope will have a high impact and lead to good practice and shared learning for our COPA delivery partners.”
Work is well under way recruiting older people affected by cancer to become trainers able to train both Healthcare professionals and social care professionals raising awareness of independent advocacy and most importantly telling the story about how it supports older people affected by cancer to better cope with their lives following a cancer diagnosis.
Furthermore a training programme is being developed to support our trainers, older people affected by cancer, to understand the nature of commissioning and the key messages we want commissioners and health professionals to understand.
Following the publication of Every Step of the Way last year we have been exploring different mediums for telling advocacy stories. We were delighted to work with Sanofi earlier this year on a piece installed at their head office on Onslow Street in Guildford. Telling David’s Story from Every Step of the Way on their glass atrium walls Sanofi are raising awareness of advocacy with their staff and visitors to the building. We are very proud to see our work displayed in this innovative and creative way!