Cancer Survivorship Summit: Improving outcomes for people living with and beyond cancer
Monday 20 February 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
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-With more people surviving cancer it is more important than ever to ensure that services tailored to the specific needs of the individual are available for all. Patients need to be fully supported, with care built around what matters to the person.” ACHIEVING WORLD-CLASS CANCER OUTCOMES: A STRATEGY FOR ENGLAND 2015-2020 ONE YEAR ON 2015 – 16, NHS England 2nd November 2016
-People are now twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after being diagnosed with cancer than they were at the start of the 1970s. In the past 40 years or so better screening and advances in treatment mean we have seen a huge change in what a cancer diagnosis means; it is now a moment that is frequently not lifeending, but nearly always life-changing.” Macmillan August 2016
-Everyone who gets cancer is different. And the care and support they will need to live with a cancer diagnosis in a way that makes sense for their own life, particularly after treatment has finished, will be different.” Plans to deliver world class cancer services, NHS England, 2016.
NHS England priorities in this area for for 2016/2017 are:
- By March 2017, we will agree an approach for collecting data on long-term quality of life for cancer patients, including assessing the role of Patient Reported Outcome Measures. We will test the approach during 2017 for roll out of a national metric from 2018.
- By March 2017, though Cancer Alliances, we will drive the spread of risk-stratified follow-up pathways, including supported self-management for breast cancer, and assess the role of commissioning incentives to encourage implementation. In subsequent years we will focus energy on rolling out this approach to other cancer types.
- NHS England and partners will review good practice in approaches to reducing and managing long term consequences of treatment to produce improved guidance to the system to encourage spread and adoption of cost effective practice.
- In 2017/18, we will also pilot the use of the Holistic Needs Assessment as a means of better managing the transition between phases of the patient pathway, including ensuring timely access to palliative care.
This national annual summit takes a practical approach to improving practice and outcomes for those living with and beyond cancer, moving from surviving to thriving. Through national updates and practical case studies the conference aims to support you to deliver on the above priorities outlined by NHS England and develop effective cancer survivorship support and services. There will be an extended focus on meeting the unmet needs of people living with and beyond cancer, accelerating the roll-out of stratified follow up pathways and the commissioning of holistic packages of support, and ensuring every person with cancer will have access to relevant elements of the Recovery Package. The conference will also update delegates on the development of the national metric for long term quality of life for cancer patients.