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Next steps for cancer care in Wales

Morning, Friday, 17th June 2022


This seminar focuses on clinical and policy priorities for cancer care and diagnosis in Wales.


It is taking place against the backdrop of a new approach to cancer care with the Quality Statement for Cancer from the Welsh Government setting out the vision for good quality cancer services in Wales.


Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss progress, key challenges and the way forward for providing effective, timely and person-centred care.


Ares for discussion include:

  • policy - assessing the key priorities & next steps following the publication of the Quality Statement for Cancer ◦ implications for practitioners and patients moving forward
  • impact of the pandemic - tackling waiting lists and missed diagnoses ◦ service recovery and future residence funding priorities ◦ commitments to improve diagnosis prior to A&E
  • patients - improving experiences and outcomes ◦ meeting challenges posed by an ageing population
  • service delivery - plans to reconfigure the patient pathway ◦ achieving a more holistic & person-centred approach to care
  • workforce - preparing to meet forecast demand ◦ talent pipeline in specialist areas ◦ recruitment, retention & professional development ◦ supporting staff morale & wellbeing
  • quality - ensuring consistency & high standards of access and care across Wales
  • R&I - support for innovation ◦ assessing the future for digital care ◦ priorities for utilising research & innovation to improve patient experience

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Professor Tom Crosby, National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales - as well as contributions from Cancer Research Wales; Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board; Macmillan Cancer Support; Rutherford Health Medical Advisory Committee; Swansea University and Swansea Bay University Health Board; Tenovus Cancer Care; and Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group.


The chairs are Russell George MS, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee; and Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Deputy Leader, Plaid Cymru, and Party Spokesperson, Health and Social Care.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Senedd; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speaker

Professor Tom Crosby

Consultant Clinical Oncologist; National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales; and Clinical Lead, Transforming Cancer Services, Velindre Cancer Care

Keynote Speaker

Professor Tom Crosby

Consultant Clinical Oncologist; National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales; and Clinical Lead, Transforming Cancer Services, Velindre Cancer Care

Chairs

Russell George MS

Chair, Health and Social Care Committee

Rhun Ap Iorwerth MS

Deputy Leader, Plaid Cymru, and Party Spokesperson, Health and Social Care

Speakers

Paula Goode

Cancer Director, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Philip Jones

Secretary, Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group

Richard Pugh

Head of Partnerships, Wales and South West England, Macmillan Cancer Support

Dr Phillip Wardle

Director, National Imaging Academy Wales; and Consultant Radiologist, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Dr Russell Banner

Radiotherapy Lead, Swansea Bay University Health Board, and Chair, Rutherford Health Medical Advisory Committee

Dr Richard Hugtenburg

Associate Professor, Medical Physics, Swansea University; and Clinical Scientist, Swansea Bay University Health Board

Judi Rhys

Chief Executive Officer, Tenovus Cancer Care

Ann Tate

Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Research Wales

Dr Martin Rolles

Swansea Bay University Health Board Cancer Lead; Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Singleton Hospital; and Chair, Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee

Hilary Williams

Consultant in Medical Oncology; and Regional Adviser for Wales, Royal College of Physicians

Dr Elin Haf Davies

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Aparito

Dr Rachael Barlow

Clinical Lead, Prehabilitation and Enhanced Recovery, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board