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What matters to you? day - 6th June 2018

Across the world on 6 June, one important question was being asked - What matters to you?
The ‘What matters to you?’ day was held for the first time in Scotland on 6 June 2016 and is now an international event aimed at encouraging and supporting more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive health and social care.

1000 Lives Improvement joined up with Velindre Cancer Centre to communicate how patients and healthcare professionals are working more closely than ever before to make shared decisions over test and treatment options, to ensure that the focus of care services across NHS Wales is placed on the individual, rather than on the needs of the provider.

All of 1000 Lives Improvement’s national programme leads also took to Twitter to share how people are helping to shape their areas of work, and how people’s experiences are being used to improve services.  (insert an example Twitter card )
Watch the video of two NHS patients at Velindre saying what being involved in a national Patient Leaders programme means to them (insert video link). 
“What matters to me is that patients are given the opportunity to be involved in their cancer care right from the beginning of their diagnosis should they want to. What matters is that they are seen as individuals with a variety of complex and complicated needs.”  Patient Leader, Velindre Cancer Centre.

The national Patient Leaders programme is being supported by the Making Choices Together Programme within 1000 Lives Improvement in collaboration with Velindre Cancer Centre and the Centre for Patient Leadership. 

Are you a patient? Look out for Making Choices Together information in your local GP surgery and talk to your healthcare professional during your appointment about what matters to you - ask these four questions.
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Would you like more about Making Choices Together and the Patient Leadership Programme? Contact our leads:

  • Maria Gallagher – Making Choices Together Programme Lead,  1000 Lives Improvement –
  • Kate Hammond, Patient Liaison manager, Velindre Cancer Centre –

For more information on making Choices Together programme visit
For more details search #MCT and #WMTY18

Source: Velindre Cancer Centre