The Iris Cancer Partnership's vision is:

'Collaborating to provide oncology massage therapy across Scotland'

Our mission is:

'To support the delivery of oncology massage services for anyone diagnosed with cancer and to develop an oncology massage curriculum, oncology massage services, and a research capability under a single integrated strategy'


Meeting demand, through the provision of massage services, by:

  • delivering the services of specially trained massage therapists to people diagnosed with cancer either directly or in co-operation with other cancer organisations, charities and NHS services
  • conducts fundraising activities to provide free massage services

Creating supply, through the education of massage therapists, by:

  • providing a consistent quality of care in massage therapy to people diagnosed with cancer through the delivery of a specially designed curriculum of education for massage therapists
  • defining and applying a consistent set of entry criteria to the curriculum to check that therapists have had the necessary pre-requisite training to attend the education
  • creating a register of specially trained massage therapists to provide clear signposting to qualified massage therapists for use by, for example, people diagnosed with cancer, clinical and medical staff in cancer care, hospices and cancer centres
  • charging a fee for the education

Continuously improve, through research and surveys, by:

  • conducting surveys with people diagnosed with cancer to identify their needs and changing patterns of needs in terms of different therapy approaches
  • conducting surveys with massage therapists to understand how best to attract therapists to the courses and support their continuning work
  • undertaking various approaches to evaluation and research with people diagnosed with cancer, massage therapists and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the approaches to education and services remain current and relevant