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Cancer Survivorship Summit: Speaker news and updates

This national annual summit took 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 aimed to support delegates to deliver on the priorities outlined by NHS England and develop effective cancer survivorship support and services.

The Summit had 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 summit also updated delegates on the NEW of national metric for long term quality of life for cancer patients published in September 2017.

Speaker News and Presentations

National Update: Living With and Beyond Cancer

Becky Clack Programme Manager (LWBC) NHS England

  • meeting the unmet needs of people living with and beyond cancer
  • accelerate the roll-out of stratified follow up pathways and the commissioning of holistic packages of support
  • ensuring every person with cancer will have access to relevant elements of the Recovery Package and that stratified follow-up pathways should be in place for the common cancers
  • the NEW national quality of life metric to ensure that we monitor and learn lessons to support people better in living well after treatment has ended
  • moving forward

Becky Clack Presentation

In her presentation Becky stated: 

"In the early 1970’s cancer survivorship rate was on average just one year after diagnosis. Now it is 10 years - This means we now have more people living with cancer"

"1 in 4 people face poor health or disabilities after surviving cancer"

"Everyone diagnosed with cancer  is to have access to the 4 elements of the recovery package by 2020 – which are –

  1. Holistic needs assessment & careplan
  2. Treatment & Summary
  3. Cancer care review
  4. Health & wellbeing event/course"

"We need to focus that the person is a whole person and not just defined by their illness"

Becky Clack Biography:

Becky has extensive experience throughout her professional career working for a range of NHS organisations – from public health to commissioning and contract management.

Before working for the National Cancer Programme, Becky worked for St. Luke’s Cancer Alliance (now part of the Surrey & Sussex Cancer Alliance) on peer review and service improvement across various tumour groups.

She currently works as a Programme Manager in the Living With and Beyond Cancer workstream of the National Cancer Programme at NHS England, where her focus is on quality of life and ensuring people with cancer have the support and services they need to live as well as possible.

As part of the national programme, Becky plays a key role supporting Cancer Alliances as they roll out the recommendations of the Cancer Taskforce report.  

Long term Recovery and improved outcomes supported by delivery of an effective Recovery Package

Dany Bell, Specialist Advisor Treatment & Recovery, Specialist Advisory Division, Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support

  • National evaluation and learning around delivery
  • Delivering the suite of interventions to achieve maximum benefit
  • Practical support and not reinventing the wheel
  • Sustaining and embedding in practice


Dany comments:‘The reason people fall off a cliff after treatment is because they then go home and are in the community and they are not getting the support they were whilst they were having treatment’
‘We empower people during their treatment of how they can cope – This needs to be done post treatment too’
‘We want patients to be able to be better at self management of their cancer care’
‘We know that peoples needs constantly evolve and change throughout their treatment’
‘We need to find different channels that work for different people’ ‘People are going through different things and we need to treat each as an individual’
‘If you talk to someone who has cancer they may say to you that life is never the same again – they have to move forward and adjust their lives’


Dany Bell Presentation

Dany Bell Biography:

Dany started her career in Suffolk working as a nurse in acute care within surgical oncology, then becoming a ward manager in 1990 caring for people having surgery for urological, colorectal and upper GI cancers. During this time, she developed a passion for palliation in cancer care and went on to achieve a Diploma in Palliative Care. Subsequently took up post as a hospice ward manager in Wales. Achieved a Master of Science Degree in Pain Management at University of Wales College of Medicine.

In 1997, she took up post as clinical lead nurse in an acute trust in Bristol leading a specialist palliative care team, having a clinical case load as well as managing the team and developing the service. Subsequently this led to becoming the Lead Cancer Nurse and Cancer Manager in the same acute trust, where she was involved in redesigning and improving cancer services, managing the clinical nurse specialists in cancer and being the head of nursing responsible for cancer and end of life care.

In 2012 Dany undertook a secondment as Head of Operations for the trust and whilst still strategically responsible for cancer delivery also became responsible for the 4-hour emergency access delivery and day to day management of patient flow.

In 2014 wanting to return to her passion within the field of cancer, and with a physical move from living in the South West to Yorkshire, took up a UK wide post as programme lead for treatment and recovery at Macmillan. Within this role Dany was responsible for the Recovery Package and Consequences of treatment teams and programmes.

In May 2017 was successful in becoming Specialist Advisor for Treatment and Recovery responsible for being Macmillan’s subject matter expert in the field of Cancer Treatment & Recovery, driving work in this area.

She is passionate about improving care and services for people with cancer and their families; and lives in North Yorkshire with her husband, son and lovable golden retriever.

Future events of Interest:

Non Medical Prescribing in Cancer Care
Friday 15 December 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

25 September 2017


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