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Cancer Survivorship Summit: Improving outcomes for people living with and beyond cancer

Friday 23 February 2018
The studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Cancer Survivorship Summit: Improving outcomes for people living with and beyond cancer
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In October 2017, NHS England stated “More people are now surviving cancer. World-class cancer care is not just about ensuring people live longer, it’s also about ensuring they live as well as possible.  “To better understand, and respond to, the longterm impact of cancer on people’s lives, we must measure the quality of their survival. We want to measure not just the clinical impact and how long people live once treatment has successfully taken place, but how well they are living. This means looking at longterm impact on finances, the ability to maintain social networks and psychological wellbeing.”‚Äč

“While we increase the numbers of people surviving cancer, we must make sure the quality of their lives following cancer is as good as it can be….The world-leading work we are undertaking to develop a long-term quality-of-life metric will be piloted in five areas from October 2017. For the first time, this will allow us to assess the quality of survival alongside survival rates, so that we can identify where additional support is needed.” Cally Palmer CBE National Cancer Director & Chris Harrison National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England October 2017

“Cancer survival rates are at a record high, with latest data showing an estimated 7,000 more people surviving cancer after NHS treatment compared with three years previous. One of our key ambitions is to put cancer patient experience front and centre. Everyone is unique, with different views and priorities, so it’s vital that they receive personalised support.” Professor Chris Harrison National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England September 2017

“Latest data shows that national one year survival rates for all cancers continue to rise, as do rates for breast, colorectal and lung cancer individually. The one year survival rate has increased to 70.4%, the equivalent of around an extra 2,400 cancer survivors as a result of improved NHS treatment over the past year…. Once treatment is finished, it is vital that people continue to have the right care and support. This will be different for everyone and it is important to work with people to develop an appropriate plan to suit them, instead of a one size fits all approach where people are booked in for appointments at set time scales.” Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England 

“About one in four cancer patients will come out of cancer treatment with debilitating and very serious side effects ... like incontinence, or experiencing serious sexual problems. Those are the things we tend not to talk about, but they can be the things that really result in people having a very poor life experience after their cancer diagnosis…. More and more people are being diagnosed with cancer and, in general, having a more sophisticated life with their cancer than perhaps they would have done. What we are now seeing is that lot of people are coming in and out of treatment, so all of that does put pressure on the NHS” Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan

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 implementing the New National Quality Indicator for recovering cancer patients published in September 2017, and learning from the early experience at the pilot sites.  The conference will also explore how we meet  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. 

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve services for cancer survivors
  • Learn from outstanding practice in the development of cancer survivorship programmes
  • Reflect on the perspectives on cancer survivors
  • Get up to date with national developments on cancer survivorship including the new national quality of life metric
  • Reflect on the development of your own services including recovery packages, risk stratified follow up and support programmes
  • Understand how to work with staff to move the focus from surviving to thriving
  • Identify key strategies for improving managing the consequences of cancer treatment
  • Develop your role in meeting the needs of cancer survivors
  • Self assess and expand your skills in developing risk stratified follow up and remote surveillance
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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