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Thinking Ahead Programme

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Thinking Ahead is a programme devised in 2018 by Harrogate Hospital, which we have adopted in our trust. We run four formal courses per year, two at each hospital: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal with many professionals leading sessions such as dieticians, palliative nurses, hospice staff, a chaplain, exercise professionals, an estates planner and more. 

Feedback from the course so far 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.

If you would like to book a place to attend the Thinking Ahead Course, for yourself and a family member, please phone Heather Milner, Cancer Team secretary on 01484 343490.

Places are limited, so we recommend you book early.

Our monthly information and support sessions run in Calderdale Royal Hospital or Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and include one topic from the full course e.g. keeping active/mindfulness and relaxation/ benefits and travel/advanced care planning. As well as time for a support group afterwards, with chance for a coffee and a chat.

There are benefits to meeting other people in a similar situation and offering support to one another, as well as being able to talk about any concerns with the Macmillan Information team.

No booking is required at these sessions so just turn up and family members are encouraged to attend too.

Upcoming programme dates have all been cancelled.

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. The course will run between 15th September and 13th October 2020, with two, one hour sessions per week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

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

If you would like to book a place to join the next virtual course, please contact Heather Milner on 01484 343490 or email

Please also read the information below for further details.

Please click here for invitation flyer on the Thinking Ahead Programme.

Please click here for the Thinking Ahead Poster

Please click here for more information on the Thinking Ahead Programme