On 19th October we came together at a free in-person event in London to raise awareness of the need to improve pancreatic cancer services – and we launched our vision for how this can be achieved.

Over the last two years, together with healthcare professionals, service development experts and people with a personal connection, we’ve been building agreement on what a better and fairer standard of care looks like across diagnosis, treatment and care for people with pancreatic cancer and their families. We’re determined to end the postcode lottery of care for people with pancreatic cancer.

This event brought together the people with the power to improve pancreatic cancer care across the UK – government and NHS officials, health professionals, health bodies, industry representatives and people affected by pancreatic cancer – in one room.

Together, we discussed how we can ensure that high-quality treatment and care is available everywhere, so that everyone affected by pancreatic cancer can live long and well.

View the full agenda for the day

Georgia Papacleovoulou, our Policy and Health Intelligence Lead wrote this blog about her views on the day.

Read Georgia’s views on the day

View the slides

Welcome and introduction – Professor Paula Ghaneh, Professor of Surgery, Honorary Consultant Surgeon, University of Liverpool

Mid-morning break

PACT-UK consensus meeting – Mr John Moir, Consultant HPB/transplant surgeon, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Associate lecturer, Newcastle University

Spotlight on national programmes to accelerate improvements in pancreatic cancer services

Scottish Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Pathway Improvement Project – Ross Carter, Co-Clinical Lead for the SHPBN Pathway Improvement Project and Former Pancreatic Surgeon at the West of Scotland Pancreatic Unit, Glasgow

Northern Ireland Pancreatic Cancer Audit – Professor Mark Taylor, Consultant HPB Surgeon, BHSCT and Trustee, NIPANC

National Pancreatic Cancer Audit (NPaCA) – Dr Min Hae Park, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Getting It Right First Time for Pancreatic Cancer (GIRFT) – Professor Keith Roberts MB ChB, Ph.D., HPB and Liver Transplant Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham

Our case for faster diagnosis

Overview – Professor Paula Ghaneh, Professor of Surgery, Honorary Consultant Surgeon, University of Liverpool

Pancreas Rapid Diagnostic Service: A Work in Progress – Vicki Stevenson Hornby, Pancreas and Hepatobiliary Specialist Nurse, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Our case for faster treatment

Overview – Dr Seema Arif MBE, Consultant Clinical Oncologist MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, PG Cert (Med Ed), Velindre Cancer Centre

PACT-UK – Dr Raneem Albazaz MBChB (Hons) BSc (Hons) MRCS FRCR, Consultant Radiologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Our case for better care

Overview – Mary Phillips BSc (Hons) RD DipADP, Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Hepato-pancreatico-biliary dietetics), Royal Surrey County Hospital, Post graduate researcher, University of Surrey, Royal Surrey County Hospital

A package of personalised care – Barbara Ashall, Lead Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Nurse Specialist, Mersey & Mid Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Enhanced Supportive Care – Dr Dan Monnery, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Visit our Optimal Care Pathway Hub

Find out more about the Optimal Care Pathway initiative and read the full report: Faster. Fairer. Funded. A UK-wide guide to implement better and fairer standards of care for people with pancreatic cancer.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at policy@pancreaticcancer.org.uk