This joint education event with the Greater Manchester Cancer (GMC) Palliative Care, End of Life and Lung Cancer pathway boards was set up as one of the key educational objectives of both boards and showed a unique collaborative working between both boards.
Clinicians, nurses, GP’s, medical students and people affected by cancer from across Greater Manchester were invited to the event, which took place on 31st January 2017 at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. The event was chaired by Carole Mula, Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, at the Christie and Pathway Director for the Palliative Care and End of Life GMC board.
The speakers included a variety of clinicians all within the fields of palliative care, pain services and lung cancer. All of the speakers contributed greatly to ensuring the event was a huge success; including an outstanding and thought provoking presentation from the partner and carer of a lung cancer patient who sadly passed away in 2008. This honest, insightful and personal presentation helped the audience to understand the complex journey cancer patients face and the need for honest communication with patients and families. It also highlighted the need to ensure that Cancer Nurse Specialists meet the patient at the start their cancer journey, to support, provide guidance and signpost to relevant services, including palliative and supportive care teams.
The meeting was recognised by the Royal College of Radiologists for 3 continuing professional development points. Initial feedback has been very positive, with plans for another education event underway.