Leeds Cancer Programme celebrated its 18 month halfway mark at Shine on Harehills Road in the city last week (28th November 2018) to review the programme’s progress and to present and consult on plans for the future. Over fifty stakeholders from partner organisations, NHS delivery teams, community representations, patient and public panels attended to hear the discussions and presentations given by programme leaders.

The event was opened by Professor Sean Duffy, Clinical Lead for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance, who gave an overview of cancer in Leeds and the programme's achievements and ambitions. This included the programme bringing £4.5m worth of investment for cancer services into Leeds to create pioneering system change with the patient and public at the heart of its plans.

A short film (see below) was shown to highlight the activities the programme delivers, including working with Unique to educate young people with learning difficulties to be aware of the signs and symptoms of some cancers; implementing ‘teledermatology’ equipment across primary care to speed up diagnosis and treat patients within their locality; and nurses rolling out holistic needs assessments following cancer treatment.

Pictured above, left to right, are Professor Sean Duffy; Jules Hoole, Macmillan Strategic Partnership Manager (Yorkshire); JoannaBayton-Smith, Macmillan Leeds Cancer Strategy Programme Manager; Dr Sarah Forbes, Associate Medical Director, Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and Mike Harvey, Assistant Director of Operations (Cancer), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Click below to watch the film.