I am delighted that you are interested in working with us. If you decide to apply for a role at Pancreatic Cancer UK, and go on to join us, I know you won’t be disappointed.
I joined the charity as CEO eighteen months ago, and since then I have been absolutely inspired by the incredible team we have here at Pancreatic Cancer UK, by our amazing supporters, and by the sheer courage of those affected by pancreatic cancer. Almost without exception, just about everyone who comes to join our team finds they too are similarly inspired and determined to make a difference. If you want to be part of generating real, positive change, then Pancreatic Cancer UK is the place to be – and helping make that change never more important:
Pancreatic cancer is the toughest cancer to diagnosis, treat and survive
Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer. This dreadful disease is often diagnosed late, and progresses quickly – heartbreakingly, 3 in 4 people won’t survive a year.
Yet for too long, the disease has been sidelined, with research into the disease historically underfunded. Over the last decade, research into pancreatic cancer has received less than 1% of the cancer research budget. As shockingly, only 8% of people with pancreatic cancer are offered life-saving surgery – either because they’re not diagnosed until too late, or are not offered treatment fast enough – something Pancreatic Cancer UK recently highlighted in our ground-breaking Demand Faster Treatment campaign.
The reality is that Pancreatic cancer treatment can’t wait. We need change, fast.
But thanks to our staff and our amazing supporters, we are making a stand and demanding;
– More money for more research.
– More focus on early diagnosis
– Better, faster treatment and care
As importantly, Pancreatic Cancer UK provides expert advice and support directly to those affected by the disease, and we support the pancreatic cancer community with a strong, constructive voice.
We want to make sure that everyone affected by the disease gets all the help they need, and our overall aim is to double survival rates and transform the future for everyone with pancreatic cancer.
But we can’t do this alone – we can only succeed if we take it on together. You could be a key part of our success.
Our work in Scotland is a central part of our activity to take on pancreatic cancer. Researchers in Scotland are leading the way in developing new exciting approaches to tackle pancreatic cancer, particularly through the Precision Panc programme based in Glasgow and we are delighted to be the patient engagement partner for this initiative. We also chose Scotland as the location for our first ever Future Leader’s Academy, which we fund at the Beatson Centre, to further drive our ambition to attract the next generation of bright minds into the pancreatic cancer field. As a charity we have been working hard to push pancreatic cancer up the political agenda in Scotland through the Cross party group, events and debates in the Scottish Parliament, working with some very dedicated supporters.
But we have much more to do. Particularly to make sure that everyone diagnosed in Scotland knows about the services we provide and has access to our face to face services to reduce isolation and improve quality of life.
Your reward will be to see more people with pancreatic cancer have the chance to live longer, better lives. What’s more, you’ll be joining an incredible team and a great place to work:
- We’re a small charity, so you’ll feel part of a team, not a machine. We celebrate all our achievements together, we make sure new starters get a great welcome, and we never forget we are a community where everyone has value.
- We’re passionate about our cause, and are in a strong position to make a difference.
- We make sure you can give your best– we’ll invest in your learning and development, we’ll value your skills and experience, and we’ll give you the chance to shine.
- We have a great team of passionate and determined staff and supporters, with strong partnerships with patients, families, fundraisers, medical professionals, researchers and policy makers.
- We encourage a healthy work-life balance and are always happy to discuss flexibility in light of the needs of the role. We have high levels of job satisfaction and a collaborative and innovative culture – and I know everyone here would join me in being proud to work here.
So, if you feel excited and inspired by the prospect of joining us to take forward our challenging agenda in Scotland, we would love to hear from you. Please find enclosed further information about the Charity, the disease and this position, and do look at our website and read the job description and person specification to see how you would meet with our needs.
We hope to hear from you soon.
With best wishes,