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Gordon McLean
Programme Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

0131 260 3720


TCAT Programme Board - Terms of Reference

Aim of Programme Board 

To provide national leadership in the shaping and delivery of the partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Scottish Government to transform cancer care after treatment.

Core Membership   

  • Programme Board Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • National Programme Manager

With representation from:

  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Cancer Networks
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Scottish Cancer Centres
  • Local Government / Social Care professional organisations
  • Voluntary Sector (Scottish Cancer Coalition)
  • Patients and Carers
  • NHS 24
  • ISD
  • Other appropriate professional organisations i.e. Scottish Nurse Consultants.

Governance Structure


Frequency of Meetings

Quarterly, with supplementary conference calls and email discussion as required.

Reporting Structure

Outputs from the Board will be minuted and stored within programme documentation in an appropriate shared facility. A quarterly programme summary report will be produced and circulated to the Scottish Cancer Taskforce and other appropriate fora.

Running of Meetings

Agenda items will be agreed prior to each meeting with a verbal or written update on progress. Sub Group / Work-stream leads will be invited to present items for decision/sign-off.

The agenda and supporting papers will be circulated to Programme Board members one week prior to each meeting.

The draft minutes will be circulated not more than two weeks after meetings and formal approval will be sought at the next meeting of the Programme Board. Approved minutes will be posted on the Scottish Cancer Taskforce website.

The Board will:

  • Shape the TCAT programme through the development and delivery of a Programme Implementation Plan
  • Ensure the views of patients and their families are at the core of planning and delivery of the programme
  • Implement the appropriate governance framework to support the successful delivery of the programme, including the creation of supporting posts.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate mechanism to facilitate the selection and funding of test / evaluation pilots to deliver programme objectives.
  • Have oversight and mitigate programme delivery risks
  • Monitor and evaluate programme performance
  • Provide clear direction / communication for both associated sub/working groups and wider stakeholders across Scotland
  • Report performance to Scottish Cancer Taskforce
  • Ensure effective and appropriate linkage to other related national programmes


All Board members and sub groups thereof act as Programme ambassadors and raise concerns / opportunities within the agreed governance arrangements.

Length of Programme

It is anticipated that the Programme will run for five years.

Terms of Reference Review Period

The Terms of Reference for the Programme Board will be reviewed after two years.