News Roundup from PCUK
Thursday, 15th September 2016
Gary forwarded this to me earlier.
I thought I would share with all the Partner and Affiliate groups the information round up that PCUK staff receive via our Policy, Knowledge & Impact Team. It is just an overview of key happenings and opportunities in the policy, public affairs and influencing world, with lots of links to other sites.
This is really interesting info to have and I thought you might appreciate the round up – I will continue to send them as and when I receive them, but if you would prefer not to receive these updates, please let me know.
Queen's University in Belfast launches a crowd funding platform for cancer research. Crowd funding website ResearchFunderNI is hosting eight researching campaigns, hoping to raise up to £100,000. The campaign has been set up by Professor Ken Mills of the Cancer Research and Cell Biology Centre at Queen's University, Belfast.
“One of the barriers to cancer research is that the large scale research projects often rely on data obtained for pilots,” Professor Mills said. “Funding for small-scale projects can be difficult to obtain and that’s why we’re using technology to create a platform in essence to digitally disrupt how funding for early stage cancer research is sourced. We estimate that such funding could accelerate the speed at which new cancer drugs could be used in clinics by up to 12 years.”
Policy and Politics
3 new ministers have joined the Department of Health, which has meant a change in responsibilities
An update has been published on Public Health England's progress towards their objectives in the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy paper.
MPs on the Commons Health Committee have accused the Government of issuing “misleading” figures over its pledge to increase NHS funding. The BBC and Guardian have the full story. The health select committee is concerned that the shift in resources, especially from public health, health education, transformation and capital budgets, will make it far more difficult to achieve the ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View.
National Voices have been highlighting the current lack of opportunity for the sector to be involved in developing Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Local health and care organisations have recently submitted drafts of these plans to NHS England, outlining how services in their area will evolve to meet the Five Year Forward View vision. NHS Improvement with NHS England has set out new measures for providers and commissioners to restore financial discipline and help ensure ongoing financial sustainability for the NHS including details on access to the Sustainability and Transformation Fund.
The House of Lords Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has launched an inquiry on the future of the NHS and written evidence can be sent by 23 September.
The National Data Guardian (NDG) for Health and Care, Dame Fiona Caldicott published her review of data security, consent and opt-outs. The AMRC has responded with a statement and blog. The Department of Health has opened a public consultation on the NDG’s recommendations, including the consent model, which closes on 7 September.
Statistics, Analysis and Comment
The Health Foundation released new analysis showing the economic fallout from leaving the EU poses serious risks to NHS finances. Cancer Research UK wrote a blog post on Brexit – what does it mean for Cancer Research UK? They also identified three specific areas which they will be focusing on during the UK Government’s renegotiations on the relationship with the EU: mobility of researchers into the UK; funding for cancer research; and protecting the European research environment. New figures reveal the extent to which UK health services are reliant on staff trained in the EU. Over 33,000 EU trained nurses are registered to work in the UK. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has called on the government to secure their future post-Brexit.
The Health Foundation wrote a report Staffing matters; funding counts: an analysis of workforce profile and trends in the English NHS, which concludes that the greatest threats to the delivery of the NHS five year forward view are funding constraints and workforce shortages. It argues that policymakers need to look at how targeted and aligned policies covering the effective use of temporary staff, retention of existing employees and international recruitment can be used to address current shortages in staffing and skills in order to buy time, while a more long-term sustainable approach is introduced.
NHS England has published results from the national Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CEPS) for 2015. Macmillan wrote that more than 100,000 cancer patients in England 'left in the dark' about long-term side effects. Almost half (42%) of all cancer patients surveyed in the Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES), a national survey of 71,186 cancer patients conducted by Quality Health, said staff did not fully explain the potential long-term side effects they could face.
Access to Treatments
An update on the appraisal and funding of cancer drugs from July 2016 (including the new Cancer Drugs Fund) and a new approach to the appraisal and funding of cancer drugs in England comes into force on 29 July 2016. From this date, a number of drugs will be immediately eligible to receive interim funding, subject to agreement from the relevant pharmaceutical companies.
The Scottish Government and Macmillan have carried out a survey into cancer patients views in the nation’s first-ever Cancer Patient Experience Survey, with the majority of patients rating their care as positive.
Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport revealed plans for an £80m New Treatment Fund to assist the early introduction of medicines recommended by NICE and the All-Wales Medicines Strategy Group. He will report on the review’s progress in September 2016.
Allocation of Funding for the Support and Delivery Service 2016-17 – Vaughan Gething has agreed up to £13.465m NHS R&D Allocation (including national initiatives of £0.5m to fund the Clinical Research Time Awards and Speciality Leads awards), up to £4.15m for the National Research Workforce and up to £3.8m funding for the national Support Centre Welsh Government funding in 2016/17.
The Welsh Government has announced the appointment of Andrew Evans as Wales’ new Chief Pharmaceutical Officer.
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has announced an £11 million investment to fund 60 specialist cancer nursing and support worker posts across all five health trusts. Macmillan will be contributing around £7 million over the next six years. The remainder of the funds will come from Friends of the Cancer Centre and the Health and Social Care Board.
Mr O McMullan, MLA asked the Minister of Health if she will consider the feasibility of developing a cancer strategy. The Minister of Health said that they have seen significant progress in the decade since the opening of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital. She said she will think about the need for a comprehensive cancer strategy.
This month, the latest clinically-relevant research in prostate cancer includes:
- Both robotic and open surgery achieve similar results at 3 months
- Men with advanced prostate cancer more likely to inherit gene mutations than men with localised disease
- Patients taking statins are almost half as likely to die of prostate cancer
Training, Events and Conferences
DODs Monitoring has a list of key Health related dates before April 2017, so here are a few:
- Scottish Cancer Taskforce is due to meet on 28 October
- BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition is on 14 November
- European Cancer Congress is on 27 - 30 January 2017
- World Cancer Day is on 4 February 2017
Public Health England’s Annual Conference 2016 takes place 13-14 September.
Inside Government has a forum on The Future of Cancer Research and the Cancer Drugs Fund on 22 September.
The Policy Forum Northern Ireland has a seminar on Health and social care provision in Northern Ireland - next steps for reform on 18 October.
National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)'s Cancer Conference is on 6-9 November 2016, at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool For more information and to book
Westminster Social Policy Forum has an event on Tackling health inequalities - devolution, integration and new models of care on 15 November.
Westminster Health Forum has an event on Next steps for specialised services and commissioning - funding, collaboration and leadership on 22 November.
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Prostate Cancer UK
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M: 0743 252 9138
No upcoming events.