Morning, Thursday, 15th September 2022
This conference looks at the next steps for cancer care in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It will be an opportunity to examine the development of integrated cancer care across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Delegates will assess:
- what can be learned and transferred from the experiences of each nation at different stages of integration
- shared issues and opportunities for service delivery improvements going forward
Areas for discussion include how to best support cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, progress made so far, and the key challenges facing policymakers and health and social care providers in delivering quality care.
It takes place against the backdrop of recent policy developments in cancer care plans:
- Scotland - consultation on an updated cancer plan, as well as the cancer strategy for children and young people in Scotland, which looks at opportunities to develop services for younger people
- Wales - the Quality Statement for Cancer from the Welsh Government, which outlines the vision for good quality cancer services
- Northern Ireland - the newly published Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland 2022-32, which outlines the long-term vision for cancer services
Key areas in the agenda include:
- key issues - improving health outcomes for cancer patients across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- policy - priorities and next steps for cancer care
- the pandemic - the way forward for: tackling waiting lists - supporting wellbeing - meeting the needs of patients and staff
- the cancer workforce - recruitment and retention - skills development - priorities for funding
- a holistic approach to care - reconfiguring the patient pathway - improving provision & access - tackling health inequalities
- innovation and access - priorities for bringing advances in treatment to patients
- preparing for the future - system transformation - assessing opportunities for research and innovation - next steps for digital care - how to improve sector resilience
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Dr Tomas Adell, Director of Hospital Services Reform, Department of Health, Northern Ireland; and Professor Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department of Health, NI and the Northern Ireland Audit Office.