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Thinking Ahead Programme

Thinking Ahead is a programme devised in 2018 by Harrogate Hospital, which we have adapted in our trust and run since 2019. The course covers lots of useful topics with many professionals leading sessions such as dieticians, palliative nurses, hospice staff, a chaplain, exercise professionals, an estates planner and more. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are currently running our Thinking Ahead programme online via Microsoft Teams, rather than in person. This includes a session of around an hour to an hour and a half each week, for seven weeks.

Feedback from previous Thinking Ahead Courses has been excellent. Patients told us they have felt more in control of their situation, topics were delivered in a sensitive way and they learnt useful information. Couples also told us that the course had helped them talk to each other about the future for the first time, as they had previously avoided difficult conversations and not shared their wishes.

In March 2021 we are running our first collaborative Thinking Ahead course in partnership with Leeds and Harrogate Trusts.  

Please click here to access further information on our Virtual Collaborative Thinking Ahead Programme for patients and family members living with incurable cancer across Calderdale & Huddersfield, Harrogate and Leeds.

If you would like to book a place to attend the Thinking Ahead Course, for yourself and a family member, please contact the Macmillan Information and Support Service on 01484 343614, 01422 222709 or

You will be asked to complete a consent form before joining the virtual course and you will also be given a privacy notice about keeping your information safe.

Please click here if you would like to read the privacy notice for the collaborative Thinking Ahead Course.

Places are limited, so we recommend you book early.

This film was made with patients and their family to highlight the benefits and value of beng part of the Thinking Ahead course. We're so proud of all those who have taken part in the film, and it is really moving to hear them share their experiences.

Thinking Ahead Course dates

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to run face to face courses, but we are excited to be offering Thinking Ahead as a virtual course, run through Microsoft Teams.

We have different speakers who will be discussing important topics such as managing uncertainty, keeping physically active, advanced care planning, managing fatigue, diet and appetite, estates planning, mindfulness and much more.

There will be time to ask any questions and discuss the topics, in a confidential and informal setting. Family members are also welcome and encouraged to attend.  If you would like to know more about the Thinking Ahead course, please contact Helen, Mandy or Holly in the Macmillan Information and Support Service 01484 343614, 01422 222709 or

Please also read the information below for further details.

Please click here for the Thinking ahead poster and upcoming course dates running from the 8th June to the 20th July

Please click here for more information on the Thinking Ahead Programme