Wednesday 9th December 2015
Throughout the day, we asked people what they would do to help up with our plan to bridge the gap and get age-appropriate care for young people everywhere in the UK; you can see some of their answers in the gallery above!
This year we worked with Macmillan to run 2 workshops; one discussing the future of cancer care across the country while the other focused on the importance of improving patients’ quality of life.
Siobhan Dunn, our Chief Executive, chaired the event on the future of cancer care. There were brilliant presentations from Macmillan, NHS England and the team working on DevoManc. This is all really topical at the moment because of the cancer strategy; it was great to have the opportunity to tell the audience about our successful model of care in the context of the changing NHS. You can read about Siobhan’s thoughts on the workshop and the whole conference on Twitter at @SiobhanDunnCEO.
Our Support Manager Matt Bassett spoke at the workshop on quality of life about The Way Forward, an event designed to help young people to share experiences about and think about how to move on after their treatment has ended. He was joined by Claire Pedley, a former patient who shared her story about her time on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit. In this session, Sean Duffy, the NHS England National Clinical Director for Cancer, talked about our education programme, saying that he was looking forward to seeing how it can be used in the future. The session was really popular, with lots of people tracking us down afterwards to ask more questions!
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health, Heidi Alexander MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, and Cally Palmer, the NHS National Cancer Director, spoke in the main conference about implementation plans for the new cancer strategy. Cally has only been in her job for a month, but she already has a lot of ideas; she said that the focus of the strategy was prevention and that’s what should be concentrated on in the coming year. We took the opportunity to ask Heidi Alexander about how the NHS can work better with charities like Teenage Cancer Trust and asked Jeremy Hunt about educating young people about cancer in schools. They were both supportive of our work and we’ll be following up with them in the New Year.