2019 events and conferences

We attend events to talk, present and share insights to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can. Find out about events in 2019.

Working together: building an analytical community for cancer care

12 September 2019

We held an exciting event to bring together sixty cancer data analysts from across Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK; Cancer Alliance Data, Evidence and Analysis Service (CADEAS); local cancer alliances and the cancer registries in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

As the first event of its kind, and to understand the potential benefits to delegates, we gathered feedback from analysts working across the cancer landscape. From the feedback we’ve received so far and the evident buzz, openness and enthusiasm to share knowledge and expertise in the room throughout the day, we believe the event facilitated a positive first step in building an analytical community for cancer care.

The event aimed to:

  • build a shared sense of the cancer analytical community in the public and third sector
  • identify approaches to working through barriers, building and sharing knowledge, skills and expertise
  • showcase innovative analysis being undertaken within organisations and partnerships.

What we learned:

  • it's essential to understand the distribution of knowledge in the UK, and to explore ways to ensure optimal use of current and future cancer analytical skills, knowledge and expertise
  • regular connections between partnerships, and the ongoing sharing of skills, helps to broaden analytical results
  • there are benefits to analysts feeling a part of their organisation, to deliver their respective strategies and improve outcomes for people living with cancer.

As well as presenting at the event, delegates also had the opportunity to contribute to a booklet [PDF] that showcases projects taking place in the UK. Understanding the breadth of analyses taking place across organisations and partnerships was a highlight for delegates.

We will share information about the day soon on our blog, Think. Improve. Change.

Meeting the changing needs of people living with cancer:
evolution of the cancer pathway

6 March 2019

We were delighted to partner with The King’s Fund for our first joint event, 'Meeting the changing needs of people living with cancer: evolution of the cancer pathway’. This event was supported by Cancer Research UK and MSD.

We were joined by 190 delegates from Cancer Alliances, other charities, patient representatives, academics, national health bodies in England, commissioners, local authorities and pharmaceutical companies.

Why did we support this event?

More people are living for longer following a cancer diagnosis. While for some cancers survival rates are still low, the number of people living with cancer as a long-term condition or surviving for more than ten years is increasing. This brings new challenges to ensure that people get the support and care they need.


What did the programme explore?

Together with The King’s Fund and Cancer Research UK, we shaped a relevant and innovative agenda delivered by thought leaders from across the sector.

Speakers included Sir Mike Richards, Sean Duffy (West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance), Alison Leary (London South Bank University), Lesley Smith (NHS England), Jodie Moffat (CRUK) and our very own Fran Woodard and Jane Maher.

The programme explored:

  • the cancer pathway, from early diagnosis through to treatment and recovery
  • what the NHS long-term plan means for cancer services
  • how Cancer Alliances, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) plan and design local cancer service provision
  • examples of place-based cancer service provision, and how to secure the right outcomes through workforce, technology and partnership working
  • presentations from our partners: South Western Ambulance Service, North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Supportive and Palliative Care Programme, Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) in Glasgow, and the Macmillan Local Authority Partnership (MLAP) Programme in Durham.

How did we contribute?

At the event, we made a significant contribution to plenary and breakout sessions. We were also visible in the exhibition space, which allowed us to showcase our work in Strategy, Services, Evidence and Insight, and Policy and Influencing.

We positioned ourselves as the voice of people living with cancer, and supported patient representatives throughout the day. We also delivered key messages about the wider needs of people living with cancer, and why quality of life and experience of care are so important.

Sarita Yaganti, from University College of London Hospitals, speaks about the event.

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