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Cancer 16th November 2015

Anne Snow, Lead Cancer Nurse Specialist and Dr Andrew Woolley, Consultant Physician presented on cancer. They outlined the 2 main characteristics of cancer and how there has been a 50% increase in cancer referrals since 2009/10. In 2010 2 million people were living with cancer and that will increase to 4 million by 2030. NHS England's 5 year forward plan was discussed and what needs to be done to improve cancer outcomes; these are better prevention, swift access to diagnosis and better treatment and care for all those diagnosed with cancer. The target is that 95% of patients referred for testing, will be diagnosed and informed within 4 weeks.

The presentation also explained the role of the Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist and other services that support the patient’s care. These include Care Navigators, District Nurses, Occupational Health and many 3rd sector organisations such as Wessex Cancer Trust, Macmillan and Age UK.

Representatives from Wessex Cancer Trust, Prostate Cancer Awareness and a Macmillan & Breathe Easy Facilitator supported the event by distributing leaflets and providing advice to members.

The second half of the event focused on the My Life a Full Life programme with an update provided by Loretta Outhwaite, Interim My Life a Full Life Programme Director & Chief Finance Officer of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group. Loretta delivered an all-round presentation covering what the programme is, the partners involved, its aims and the future health and wellbeing model for islandresidents.

Mark Price, Foundation Trust Programme Director/Company Secretary provided an update on recent membership activity and how members can help to reach the Trust’s target of 6,200 members required by April 2017. To conclude questions were posed to the Executive Board of Directors that included what is the future aspiration for Foundation Trust status?



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