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Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Long-term Plan set out ambitious targets to improve cancer outcomes and services in England over the next ten years. Coronavirus has impacted cancer services, due to the pressure on the NHS and the need to shield vulnerable patients from exposure to coronavirus.

In spite of this, the NHS has had to continue to deliver care through cancer services, leading to difficult conversations about whether to treat or delay treatment for cancer patients.

Join us for the first HSJ Cancer Virtual Event on Wednesday, 24 June from 10:00 AM -1:15 PM BST for a very current and topical conversation on what is being done now in terms of creating covid-19-free cancer hubs and to address disrupted treatment pathways.


Creating COVID free cancer hubs

10:00am - 10:50am

In April, trusts were told to urgently reconfigure cancer services, and consolidate cancer surgery into ‘clean’ covid-19-free sites to mitigate further delays to procedures. How is this rapid change progressing, and how are trusts achieving this?

Join our panellists, who will be sharing their insight and experience so far and get advice on the challenges within your service.

Disruption to the treatment pathway 1: Surgery 

11:20am - 12:00pm

With the guidance that cancer patients needing treatment should be referred to a clinically led central triage point and then prioritised for surgery – how are regions and cancer alliances managing the change?

Join this panel to hear how other areas are setting the amended pathway up and how others are approaching the difficult decisions on level of clinical need and risk.

Disruption to the treatment pathway 2: Other treatments

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Recent guidance outlined how treatment decisions would need to be made with input from MDTs and patients on a case by case basis. The decisions require a balance of risk and benefit, and treatment intent. Resource and capacity also need to be taken into account.

Join this session to explore what decisions are being made and how, and to gain insight and best practice from other services.


Benefits of Attending:

  • Gain insight and advice on how others are approaching the challenge of continuing cancer services against a backdrop of coronavirus
  • Ask questions on your specific challenges with regards to covid-free cancer hubs and disruption to treatment pathways
  • Go away with new ideas and ways of approaching the difficult decisions that you need to make in this current situation

Who Should Attend:

  • All those involved in continuing to deliver cancer services and making decisions on how to do this, including:
  • Cancer Alliance leads – including chairs, clinical chairs and managing directors
  • CCGs – including clinical chairs and directors of commissioning
  • STPs and ICSs - including clinical leads and clinical directors
  • GP Federations and PCNs – including executive directors and clinical leads
  • Medical directors, clinical directors, directors of nursing

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Register here to access the three panel sessions of the HSJ Cancer Virtual Event, taking place between 10:00 AM and 1:15 PM on Wednesday, 24 June.

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This event is supported by MSD. The Health Service Journal has full editorial independence of the conference content.



Event Format:

How It Works

  • Registering: Complete a registration form, after which you will receive an email with confirmation – please note that the event is for healthcare professionals only and registrations will be reviewed prior to acceptance.
  • Gaining Access: Virtual event participants will receive a URL link to the live event platform to access content on the event day. The link can also be used to access on-demand content on the platform, and for a period of time after.
  • Logging In: Simply log in prior to the opening remarks, take a moment to familiarise yourself with the platform and get ready for the sessions to begin.
  • Technical Support: Our team will be available to you before and during the conference to ensure you are set up and ready to go!
  • Platform Compatibility: The platform is accessible via your internet browser and does not require any software to be downloaded. We will share the link in advance to give you ample time to familiarise yourself with the layout and functions.

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