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Improving Cancer Diagnosis: Meeting the 28 Day National Faster Diagnosis Standard

Thursday 7 February 2019
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

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“A new cancer diagnosis standard, designed to ensure that patients find out within 28 days whether or not they have cancer, will be introduced in 2020.” NHS England 2018

"We will increase the early detection rate from one-in-two today, to three-in four by 2028… It will mean that by 2028, 55,000 more people will be alive five years after their diagnosis compared to today” Theresa May, Prime Minister, 3rd October 2018

“Britain's cancer survival rates lag far behind the European average, with one in five patients not diagnosed until they are admitted to hospital as an emergency.” The Telegraph, 3rd October 2018

Theresa May announced a new cancer strategy on 3rd October 2018 which will include a step change in how we diagnose cancer and improve cancer survival rates stating that “the key to boosting your chances of surviving cancer is early diagnosis”.

“As part of the long-term plan for the NHS, a package of measures will be rolled out across the country with the aim of seeing 3 out of 4 of all cancers detected at an early stage by 2028.” Department of Health October 2018

“By 2020, the changes we are making will save lives and ensure NHS cancer services are up with the best in the world…. One key change we’re making is to tell people whether they have cancer or not within 28 days of them going for tests. At the moment, we just measure how long it takes to first see a specialist doctor, or whether treatment is started within two months. This new standard will put a focus on the time after symptoms are first spotted. For those who are diagnosed with cancer, it puts them in the driving seat to get treatment started as soon as possible. For those who aren’t, they can more quickly have their minds put at rest at a very stressful time. The new standard will come into force by April 2020... The challenges in delivering faster – and earlier – diagnosis are considerable but the benefits for patients are real. Through the standard, we can diagnose and reassure patients earlier and improve care and outcomes.”  Cally Palmer National Cancer Director NHS England

The recommendation from the Independent Cancer Taskforce was for 95% of patients to receive a definitive diagnosis or ruling out of cancer within 28 days of a referral. This conference focuses on implementation of the new 28 day standard in practice including learning from the pilot sites.

Benefits of attending:
This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve the early diagnosis of cancer
  • Update yourself on national developments in cancer diagnosis including the new 28 day National faster diagnosis standard
  • Learn from outstanding practice in meeting the 28 day National Standard
  • Reflect on the perspectives on cancer survivors
  • Develop effective data collection, recording systems and clinical pathways to monitor adherence to the new standard
  • Understand the developing role of Rapid Assessment and Treatment Centres
  • Identify key strategies for improving diagnosis and hear how pilot sites are implementing the New 28 Day standard
  • Implement the learning from the 2018 National Cancer Diagnosis Audit
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence
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