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Improving access and quality of cancer rehabilitation services


Improving access and quality of cancer rehabilitation services

25 May 2022
Living With and Beyond Cancer
The recent international synopsis of the evidence and gaps in cancer rehabilitation will be presented with key learning points highlighted for the UK. The presentation will use the evidence to demonstrate how both increased incidence of cancer and the scale of unmet need means a need for improving access and ensuring quality provision of cancer rehabilitation is available in all healthcare settings. The role of cancer alliances, the national team and Health Education England (HEE) to support will be highlighted. We will highlight a number of different cancer rehabilitation models across the UK to demonstrate models of innovative practice. These will reflect provision throughout the cancer continuum where people with cancer are supported by an integrated MDT approach highlighting quality and enhanced patient experience. Our final presentation will provide an overview of the recently funded HEE Cancer Rehabilitation Ambassador project based within the South East London Cancer Alliance (SELCA) with the project’s recommendations and action plan developed locally.  The wider implications for services and cancer workforce development will also be discussed.  We will encourage audience participation during a Q&A with speakers. The discussion will focus on opportunities and challenges experienced around workforce, settings and specialties as we incorporate the latest evidence on cancer rehabilitation into standards of care for people living with cancer.    Summary of the session focus and structure that will be followed: (45 mins) Session chaired by Kath Malhotra 10 mins: Dr Karen Robb will present the current status of cancer rehabilitation15 mins: Isla Veal will present innovative UK-wide video case studies addressing the provision of cancer rehabilitation across the cancer continuum. 10 mins: Sam Tordesillas will outline the findings of the AHP Cancer Ambassador project and the implications for practice both for patient care and workforce development 10 mins: Q&A with Karen, Sam, Isla, and Sharon Cavanagh
Katharine Malhotra, Personalised Care Clinical Lead - RM Partners
Sam Tordesillas, Programme Manager for Personalised Cancer Care - South East London Cancer Alliance
Isla Veal, Macmillan Highly Specialist Oncology physiotherapist - Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
Dr Karen Robb, Programme Lead for Personalised Care and End of Life Care in Cancer - North East London Cancer Alliance
Sharon Cavanagh, Programme Lead - North Central London Cancer Alliance