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Oncology Professional Care 2024
21-22 May at ExCeL London

Oncology Professional Care is the must-attend, multi-disciplinary event delivering free CPD-certified learning for the entire oncology community.

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17 Jun 2021

Oncology Professional Care launches with over 2,500 healthcare professionals registered this June

Oncology Professional Care launches with over 2,500 healthcare professionals registered this June

Over 2,500 healthcare professionals registered for Oncology Professional Care Virtual, the UK’s new and dynamic event for the whole oncology community, which took place on the 9 & 10 June 2021.

A free-to-attend, CPD certified event, had a packed educational programme for healthcare professionals, delivering over 30 expert speakers and over 17 industry sponsors and partners.

Organisers of OPC Virtual, CloserStill Media, launched the online event to meet training needs, promote networking and develop a stronger voice for all oncology healthcare professionals and their multidisciplinary teams in cancer care.​​

Dame Cally Palmer, National Cancer Director of NHS England opened the online event with an opening address to the oncology community on ‘Accelerating innovation, managing recovery and improving survival’.

The OPC Virtual Programme was structured into 4 theatres, to highlight different topics facing the oncology sector.

The Keynote Theatre explored the impact of Covid-19 and the future of oncology, with sessions led by, Dr Anna Olsson-Brown, Medical Oncologist - University of Liverpool/Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Geoff Bellingan, Medical Director - University College London Hospitals (UCLH), Sara Bainbridge, Head of Policy - Macmillan Cancer Support, Mark Foulkes, Nurse Consultant and Lead Cancer Nurse - Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Anthony Cunliffe, National Lead GP Adviser - Macmillan Cancer Support and Nisha Shaunak, Lead Pharmacist, Cancer - Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

The Improving Early Detection and Diagnosis Theatre bought attention to the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme where Arjun Nair, Consultant Radiologist, Joint Clinical Lead, NHSE - UCLH/NHSE, offered a perspective on delivering tailored screenings from Claire Barry, Senior Delivery Manager, RM Partners Cancer Alliance and gave us an insight into Rapid Diagnostic Centres with Geraint Jones, South East London Rapid Diagnostic Clinic Lead - South East London Cancer Alliance.

The Advanced Cancer Treatments and Technologies Theatre covered innovation and development with sessions focusing on robotics, AI, genomics, new drugs and therapies, new approaches to radiotherapy – including proton radiotherapy, to ensure we have one eye on the future and the cutting edge of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Yen Chang, Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Clinical Lead for Proton Beam Therapy - University College London Hospital and Maria Hawkins, Professor Radiation Oncology - University College London discussed proton radiotherapy and the opportunity it offers to deliver highly target radiation – whilst John Kelley, Consultant Urological Surgeon & Clinical Lead in Robotic Surgery - University College London NHS FT, talked through the role robotics and specialised technologies will play in complex cancer surgeries.     

Finally, The Transforming Cancer Care Pathways Theatre explored good examples of collaborative working developing in local areas. Head of Strategic Evidence and Early Diagnosis Programme, Jodie Moffat of Cancer Research UK, commenting on the importance of raising awareness to cancer through public health campaigning. This was followed closely by “Widening primary care involvement in cancer diagnosis and treatment” with Sarnia Ward, GP, Primary Care Lead – Wessex Cancer Alliance, Dr Nigel Watson, Primary Care Lead – Wessex Cancer Alliance and Matthew Hayes, Medical Director – Wessex Cancer Alliance.

The feedback received so far has been extremely positive. Below are just some testimonials from delegates about their Oncology Professional Care experience:

“I have gained some valuable knowledge and insight into wider cancer care. The impact of covid has been highlighted throughout and it seems there are similar concerns nationally. I have learnt who many important people are in the cancer network and will be very interested in attending this event in the future.”

“Informative, futuristic and optimistic event.”

95% of attendees rated the speakers as good or excellent, with 84% saying the event has made them more aware of our sponsors products and solutions.

Event Manager Lucy Clarke said about the event:

“Of course, these fabulous results wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our partners and supporters ABHI, BOPA, Cancer Research UK, The CPD Certification Service, Leukaemia Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, Myeloma UK, NHS England and Improvement and UKONS.

Oncology Professional Care Virtual will be available for 3 months for all registered attendees to watch sessions back on-demand.

We’re extremely delighted to announce that the show will return FACE-TO-FACE on 24-25 May 2022 at the ExCeL London.

We can’t wait to see you in person!”


The organisers, CloserStill Media, specialise in global professional events within the healthcare and technology markets. The healthcare portfolio includes some of the UK’s fastest-growing and award-winning events, such as Best Practice, The Clinical Pharmacy Congress, The Dentistry Show, The Pharmacy Show and Acute & General Medicine.

It is a market leading innovator. With its teams and international events, it has won multiple awards, including Best Marketer – five times in succession – Best Trade Exhibition, Best Launch Exhibition, and Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For – four years in series – among others.

CloserStill Media delivers unparalleled quality and relevant audiences for all its exhibitions, delivering NHS and private sector healthcare professionals from across occupational therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, primary and secondary care with more than £16m worth of free training.

For more information please contact –

Sponsorship and speaker enquiries: Lucy Clarke, +44 (0)2476 718 557

Marketing enquiries: Joseph Church, +44 (0) 2073 485 276,