Meeting the changing needs of people living with cancer: evolution of the cancer pathway 

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In partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

More people are living for longer following a cancer diagnosis. While for some cancers survival rates are still low, the number of people living with cancer as a long-term condition or surviving for more than 10 years is increasing. This brings new challenges in ensuring that people get the support and care they need.

How can place-based approaches support people throughout their cancer journey? This one day event, run in partnership with Macmillan, will explore this in detail. 

Sign up to this event for:

  • exploration of the cancer pathway, from early diagnosis through to treatment and recovery

  • updates on what the NHS long term plan means for cancer services

  • information on how Cancer Alliances, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and integrated care systems (ICSs) are planning and designing local cancer service provision

  • examples of place-based cancer service provision, and how to secure the right outcomes through workforce, technology and partnership working.

Group discounts available - find out more

Partners and supporters


Event partner


Event supporter

CANCER RESEARCH UK is a registered trade mark of Cancer Research UK – the largest charitable funder of life-saving cancer research in the world.

Sponsorship and exhibition

To find out more about the sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available at this event, please email Chris Lazenby or call him on 020 7307 2490





Group discounts

10 per cent discount for 3-4 people.
15 per cent discount for 5-6 people.
20 per cent discount for 7 or more people.

Please email us for a promotional code. The discount will not be automatically applied to your booking. Please note, this offer is not available on early bird tickets. 


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Bursaries for patients and carers

We offer a limited number of bursary (free) places for our conferences. These are reserved for patients and carers. To apply for a bursary for this event, please email Annie.



Registration opens, exhibition and refreshments


Session one: Developing place-based cancer service provision

10.00amWelcome and introduction

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support

10.05amA patient's perspective

Patient representative

10.15amProfessor Sir Mike Richards

  • Hear reflections on what the long-term plan means for cancer services, the review on cancer screening programmes and how local areas can bring together services.
Keynote address

10.35amWhat are integrated care systems (ICSs) and how do they affect local cancer service provision?

Lillie Wenzel, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Learn about the latest updates on how ICSs are developing in England, how this relates to cancer service provision and the learning for local and national leaders.

10.50amHow to design a cancer service within an ICS

Professor Sean Duffy, Clinical Lead, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance, West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS
  • Hear about the work of the Cancer Alliance, developing an integrated local approach across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate integrated care system.

11.10amQuestions and discussion


Breakout A: Community responses to out of hours care

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

12.05pmWorking with paramedics to deliver better care for people living with cancer

Joanne Stonehouse, Macmillan Paramedic – Cancer Care Project Manager, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Learn about the work of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to integrate with the cancer workforce locally to meet some of the challenges in providing quality patient-centred care in the out of hours, out of hospital setting for people living with cancer.

12.25pmSpecialist and supportive palliative care service in the City of Manchester

  • Hear about the work in Manchester to join up and create a new model of consultant-led, community-based palliative care, including access to specialist therapy support, the introduction of an Assistant Practitioner role to support care delivery, a system of open referral for patients, carers and professionals with clinical triage of calls and referrals, and the development of a volunteer model of support.

Alicia Waite, Manchester Macmillan Palliative Supportive Services Manager, Manchester Local Care Organisation 
Janette Hogan, Clinical Commissioning Nurse Advisor (Palliative Care), Manchester Health and Care Commissioning 

12.45pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout B: The role of local authorities in co-ordinating cancer services

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

12.05pmImproving the Cancer Journey Glasgow

  • Hear how Glasgow City Council and Macmillan Cancer Support have created an integrated community-based service that assesses and addresses the full range of needs that people with cancer can experience including physical, emotional, financial, practical, and social.
  • Learn about the impact of this work and its influence on service commissioning and design, both nationally and internationally. 

Sandra McDermott, Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) Glasgow Programme Manager, Glasgow City Council 
Lorraine Andrew, Service user

12.25pmMacmillan Local Authority Partnership Durham

  • Discover the work in Durham testing how to spread the development of integrated models of non-clinical care and support for people living with cancer which are personalised, coordinated and promote wellbeing and independence, across social care, health and communities.

Kirsty Wilkinson, Public Health Advanced Practitioner, Durham County Council
Fiona Flowers, Specialist Advisor for Community Settings, Macmillan Cancer Support 

12.45pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout C: Improving connections between primary and acute health services

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

12.05pmSupporting primary and secondary care communication: joining up care around cancer services

  • Hear about an initiative, using a speed dating event to bring primary and secondary care clinicians together to discuss patient pathways. Discover how clinicians have used this opportunity to strengthen links, channels of communication and improve understanding of local cancer services – all important for a highly performing system.

Dr Christine Clayton, GP, Surrey and Sussex Cancer Allianc
Debbie Bell, Facilitator, Cancer Research UK 

12.25pmDigitally-assembled referral toolkit (DART): improving the quality and safety of suspected cancer referrals

Dr Rob Eastham, GP Clinical Fellow, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Learn about a how a digital cancer referral system improved patient experience by reducing the risk of delayed referral and consequent delays in diagnosis and/or treatment.

12.45pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout D: Personalised care approaches to cancer care and support

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

12.05pmThe importance of personalised care and stratifying patient pathways

  • This session will review stratified care pathways across the UK, their advantages, challenges and what we can learn for better implementation across England.

Professor Jane Maher, Clinical Adviser, Macmillan Cancer Support 
Lesley Smith, Senior Programme Manager, Living With and Beyond Cancer, NHS England

12.45pmQuestions and discussion


Session three: Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions A,B,C and D will be repeated after lunch.


Session four: Meeting the changing needs across the pathway – looking to the future

3.20pmWelcome back

Beccy Baird, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

3.25pmThe changing needs of people living with cancer

Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Hear how innovations in diagnosis and treatment mean that we face new challenges in giving people the best care and support as the needs of people living with cancer change throughout the pathway.

3.45pmHow can we meet the changing needs of people living with cancer?

  • How do we get the start of the pathway right by improving early diagnosis?
  • How do we create the right workforce for the cancer pathway?
  • What do people living with and beyond cancer need as they progress through treatment and recovery?
  • How can we work together locally to organise the best care for patients?

Professor Alison Leary, Chair of Healthcare and Workforce Modelling, London South Bank University 
Dr Jodie Moffat, Head of Early Diagnosis, Cancer Research UK
John Reeve, Patient representative
Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support

Panel session


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