Northern Cancer Alliance Launch – 30 March 2017

Northern Cancer Alliance Launch

Thursday 30 March 2017
Newcastle Racecourse

The launch of the Northern Cancer Alliance event brought together representatives from across the North East and North Cumbria who an interest in cancer.  The audience included clinicians, commissioners, service users and representatives from across health and social care, including the voluntary sector.
Cancer Alliances are being set up across England and are considered as key to driving the changes needed across the country to achieve the 2015 Independent Cancer Taskforce Strategy.

The agenda for the day was developed to address the drivers and priorities of the Northern Cancer Alliance. This included:

  • A comprehensive update of the National Cancer Programme by Morfydd Williams, Programme Director highlighting the need to work collaboratively with STPs to target activity and resources to create real value and improvement.
  • Local scene setting by the chair of the Cancer Alliance Andy Welch including Alliance priorities, opportunities and the associated challenges.
  • Challenges for the region from a Public Health England perspective were presented by Verity Bellamy a Principle Health Intelligence Analysist.
  • Clive Peedell, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, gave an updated on the future and advances in the Alliance radiotherapy service, highlighting the need for regional collaboration, to make full use of the national radiotherapy fund and to be proud that the North East is a national leader in the field.
  • Two cancer prevention showcases with Professor Linda Bauld from CRUK presenting ‘Cancer Prevention: we can all contribute’ outlining interventions that take place at both a population and individual level and covering the four main cancer prevention ambitions. Angus Bell, Clinical Network Mental Health Lead, shared the successful project implementing ‘Smoke Free Hospitals’ in the two regional mental health trusts including the scene setting of smoking rates in this population the barriers and lessons learnt.

The Event included five workshops showcasing both regional and national examples of developments and challenges within cancer services. An overview of each individual workshop can be found in the sections below.

The event has presented an opportunity to gain knowledge of what a Cancer Alliance is, what a Cancer Alliance can offer and how this vehicle can be used to influence and substantially contribute to improving the cancer story of this region.

We have received many comments through the evaluation form and have included a selection within the evaluation section. The use of has generated more questions than it was possible to answer on the day.  We hope you enjoyed this interactive session and being able to view other delegate’s questions and comments.

Event Resources

Event Programme

Delegate Pack



My Experience of Cancer – Colin Hall

Advances in Radiotherapy – Dr Clive Peedell

State of the North East Report – Verity Bellamy

User Involvement in Action Video – Network Service User Groups

Cancer Taskforce Strategy – Morfydd Williams

The Northern Cancer Alliance – Challenges and Opportunities – Mr Andrew Welch

Smoke Free Hospitals – Dr Angus Bell

Cancer Prevention – We Can All Contribute – Professor Linda Bauld



Workshop 1 – 100,000 Genomes
Workshop 2 – Consequences of Treatment Project – Virtual MDT
Workshop 3 – Preventing Cancer – Key Challenges
Workshop 4 – The Role of Physical Activity in Improving Survivorship
Workshop 5 – Workforce- Current Challenges and Changing Needs