26 June 2015

On Wednesday 3 June, over 100 representatives from primary and secondary care, patients and carers, and the third sector, came together to hear about London Cancer’s achievements over the past year.

The event was opened by Pelham Allen, Chair of London Cancer.  Pelham provided a brief overview of our commitment and progress in delivering the vision for excellent joined up cancer care. Pelham was followed by patient representative Caroline Presho, who told her story of discovering she carried a BRCA gene mutation and the impact this had on her own journey to reduce her risk of breast cancer.

The remainder of the event was split into two main sections; the first focusing on how London Cancer has supported partners in their local improvement work and priorities. Here, attendees heard from Sarah Hate, Project Manager for the Camden Cancer Programme at London Cancer, who talked about the campaign to raise awareness of cancer in Camden. Through this project, over 3,250 conversations about cancer have been held with Camden residents, and over 50 cancer awareness events have been delivered.

Helen Pardoe, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Homerton, spoke about the Trusts’ endoscopy service which is improving GP direct access to diagnostics. Lucy Gladman, General Manager for Cancer at BHRUT, presented the trust’s lung cancer diagnostic pathway improvement project, which has brought the MDT members together to take ownership on actions to improve the patient pathway.

The second section of the event highlighted how London Cancer is working with partners to implement new models of care that will improve patient outcomes and experience. As part of this section, the audience heard from Geoff Bellingan, Medical Director for Surgery and Cancer at UCLH, who explained the pathway improvements for specialist services.

Manit Arya, Consultant Urological Surgeon and the Princess Alexandra Hospital, talked about bringing high intensity ultrasound (HIFU) to Princess Alexandra Hospital to provide patients with access to the newest advancements in prostate cancer treatment.

Karen Phillips, Lead Cancer Nurse at the Whittington, discussed how her team has worked to improve patient experience by implementing the recovery package for people living with and beyond cancer, and supporting staff to implement change at Whittington Health.

Tania Anastasiadis, GP Cancer Lead for Tower Hamlets and GP Macmillan Facilitator, provided her perspective on best supporting patients to live well after cancer, within the primary care setting. Professor Sam Janes and Mr Michael Machesney gave the final presentations of the day, providing their insight into delivering the national vision for improving outcomes in lung and colorectal cancers.

Kathy Pritchard-Jones, Chief Medical Officer of London Cancer, and Nikki Cannon, Senior Macmillan Development Manager of Macmillan Cancer Support, closed the event by thanking colleagues for their commitment to delivering real improvements for patients.

The day received much positive feedback, with attendees highlighting the value in learning about London Cancer’s work as a partnership, and about new ways of working for the future.

London Cancer also launched the 2014/15 Annual Review at the event, which highlights the progress and developments within the partnership over the past 12 months.