Westminster Health Forum

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Priorities for cancer care - service restoration and transformation, supporting innovation, and opportunities for improving patient outcomes

October 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the priorities outlined in the Cancer Services Recovery Plan and how best to support cancer care and diagnosis - as well as priorities for innovation and the Cancer Drugs Fund going forward.

It will be an opportunity to consider the potential impact of NHS reform on underpinning long-term ambitions for cancer, with the Government’s Health and Care Bill aiming to support the integration of health and care in local areas and build upon innovative developments made during the pandemic in order to drive forward the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The discussion also takes place following the publication of The Forgotten C: The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Patients from Macmillan Cancer Support, which outlines concerns over the backlog resulting from the pandemic and makes several recommendations for the Government.

We are very pleased to be able to include keynote addresses from:

  • Professor Peter Clark, Clinical Lead for the Cancer Drugs Fund, NHS England
  • Professor Anne Mackie, Director of Screening, Public Health England
  • Dr Ian McKay, Innovation Lead for Advanced Therapies, Innovation UK
  • Amanda Pleavin, Managing Director, East of England Cancer Alliances and COVID-19 Cancer Recovery Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement - East of England.

The Rt Hon the Lord Lansley, Former Secretary of State for Health will be chairing.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities for service restoration - assessing priorities, plans, and progress, as well as looking at the impact of the pandemic on a range of aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care
  • NHS reforms - the role of reform in cancer service delivery and priorities for the Cancer Recovery Programme and the NHS Long Term Plan
  • funding and investment - assessing the current landscape for funding and priorities for the Cancer Drugs Fund
  • innovation - next steps for developments in medicine and technology for cancer treatment and improving patient outcomes


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health, NI; the Department for International Trade; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; the National Audit Office; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from AstraZeneca; B. Braun Medical; Boehringer Ingelheim; Fight Bladder Cancer; Frontier Economics; GlaxoSmithKline; Guardant Health; Healthwatch Worcestershire; Incisive Health; IPATHDIGITAL Community Interest Company; Ipsen; Kheiron Medical Technologies; Lilly; Macmillan Cancer Support; MSD; National Institute for Health Research; NHS Wales Collaborative; NICaN; Northumbria Healthcare; Oncimmune; Pancreatic Cancer UK; Pfizer; Pierre Fabre; Public Health England; Public Health Scotland; Roche; Salivary Gland Cancer UK; Sanofi UK; Si-Health; Society of Radiographers; The Royal College of Pathologists; The Society and College of Radiographers; and Varian Medical Systems UK.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from APM Health Europe.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, regulators, local authorities, the independent and third sectors, patient groups, pharmaceutical companies, research and development, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles