Online Conference

Whether your Rapid Diagnostic Pathway is up and running, or you have been tasked with setting one up and are looking for tips to redesign your cancer pathway, this online conference is for you. By bringing together leading Rapid Diagnostic Centres (RDC) from across the country to share best practice, case studies and their plans for the future, you will leave the day informed and ready to overcome your challenges and enable earlier cancer diagnosis. 

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Developing Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Pathways
Online 5.5 hours From £299+VAT

5.5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

Tackle the lack of prescriptive recommendations and guidance for Rapid Diagnostic Centres by networking with Cancer Leads from across the country. By taking one day out, you will benefit from sharing in the knowledge of the professionals leading the way in Rapid Diagnostic Pathways, delving into:

  • The national strategic approach to earlier cancer diagnosis
  • Implementing the principles of Rapid Diagnostic Pathways in your service
  • Developing education, training and governance
  • Build a successful rapid access diagnostic clinic
  • Improving the quality of care and patient experience
  • Practicalities of achieving wide spread implementation of RDCs
  • Taking the next steps to progress your RDC
  • Evolving earlier cancer diagnosis for the future
  • Improving your RDC referrals
  • Gaining buy-in from primary care

Attend this online NHS event from the comfort of your own home

Packed with examples of best practice, novel ideas and expert advice, plus benefit from:

  • Meeting each other – turning on your videos and microphones in the breakout rooms
  • Listening and watching presentations and speakers’ Q&A – in the main conference room with your chair
  • Taking part in facilitated interactive sessions – enabled by moderators in the breakout rooms
  • Feeding back and engaging – using the chat box and moderators sharing content in the main conference room
Join, tech support and opportunity to network in breakout rooms
Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Jo Johnson, RDC Strategy and Operations Manager, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
National updates
Exploring the national strategic approach to faster cancer diagnosis
  • Evidenced outcomes: improving diagnostic services for patients with non-specific symptoms of cancer
  • National Implementation Specification on faster diagnosis
  • A look to the future: how services will continue to evolve across the country
Elizabeth Maclean, Programme Manager, NHS Cancer Programme, Faster Diagnosis, NHS England
Understanding different models
Discovering the principles of Rapid Diagnostic Pathways and how to implement them in your service
  • An overview of the different models of rapid diagnostics: what your service needs to know
  • The RDC pathway: how it works in practice
  • Understanding the referral criteria from primary care into RDCs
Dr Rob Turner, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Leeds Cancer Centre, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Panel discussion: Developing education, training and governance for RDC teams
  • How should teams be supporting ANPs working outside their realm of practice?
  • How can the ANP role be developed within RDCs?
  • How are teams implementing education and training to improve safety and sustainability of RCDs?
Interactive discussion: How have Rapid Diagnostic Centres been set up in your area?
  • What is your experience of Rapid Diagnostic pathways?
  • How have you been involved in referrals of patients from RDCs
  • What have you learnt so far this morning that will be helpful in your role
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: How have Rapid Diagnostic Centres been set up in your area?
Developing your service
Building, establishing and driving forward an effective rapid access diagnostic clinic
  • Practicalities and lessons learnt: operationally setting up and delivering an RDC
  • Insights into obtaining buy-in and building strong relationships with Primary Care and community diagnostic hubs
  • A look to the future: how will the service continue to develop and modify?
Jo Johnson, RDC Strategy and Operations Manager, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Achieving patient centred care
Improving the quality of care and patient experience in your Rapid Diagnostic Service
  • How to deliver holistic approaches to patient care and a seamless diagnosis
  • RDC principle and RDC referral criteria and pathways
  • Identifying a pattern of challenges in patients during diagnosis: what to look out for
  • Case study: exploring how the RDC support patients on their diagnostic journey
Dr Luigi De Michele, RDC Consultant, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Questions, answers and discussion with your speakers
Lunch break
Practicalities of achieving wide spread implementation of Rapid Diagnostic Services
  • Delivering a variety of models of local Rapid Diagnostic Services: lessons learnt from the pilots
  • How a Rapid Diagnostic Service fits with the 2 Week Wait (2WW) to achieve faster diagnosis
  • Measuring the success and effectiveness of the different models of Rapid Diagnostic Services
Belinda Hill, Rapid Diagnostic Services Project Manager, South West Cancer Alliances (SWAG) and NHS England South (South West)
Determining the patient pathway
Case study: Achieving a successful RDC and taking the next steps to progress
  • From GP to test and diagnosis within 7 days: overcoming implementation challenges and measuring the outcome
  • Working with existing pathways to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of diagnosis
  • How to expand RDCs for the future: what are the next steps?
Dr Roger Prudham, Clinical Director, Northern Care Alliance Rapid Diagnostic Centre, University Hospital South Manchester
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: How to develop and evolve Rapid Diagnostic Pathways for the future
  • How will you evolve your existing pathway or your plans for a new pathway in line with what you have learnt so far from today?
  • What can you do differently to improve your referrals process and buy-in from primary care?
  • How can rapid diagnostic services continue to develop to improve the patient experience of a cancer diagnosis?
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: How to develop and evolve Rapid Diagnostic Pathways for the future
Improving your RDC referrals and gaining buy-in from primary care
  • Developing your referral processes and pathway to streamline patient care
  • Managing inappropriate referrals effectively
  • Engaging and gaining buy-in from GPs to improve referrals into your Rapid Diagnostic Pathway
Dr Andrew Millar, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, RDC Clinical Lead, North Central London Cancer Alliance
Questions and answers with your speaker
Chair’s closing remarks and close of day

First-hand speaker experiences

Develop your knowledge and confidence of Rapid Diagnostic Pathways with:

Job Title:
RDC Strategy and Operations Manager
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Job Title:
Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Leeds Cancer Centre, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Job Title:
RDC Consultant
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Luigi De Michele specialist in internal medicine in Italy University of Rome la Sapienza 2002,

Medical degree July 2017 University of Rome la Sapienza.

Consultant Role in Emergency Department in main University Hospital from 2002 to 2009 in Rome.

Senior Role in different UK Hospital in Emergency department, Elderly care, cardiology and stroke medicine from 2010 to 2015.

Consultant role in UK since 2015 in elderly care.

Consultant and Clinical Lead in RDC Guy’s Hospital since November 2016

Consultant RDC BHRUT since May 2021.

One year of volunteer work in Tsumeb district Hospital in Namibia as Internist 2011

One year of volunteer work in FAME Hospital Karatu in Tanzania as Internist in 2014

Medical attachment 2 months in Internal Medicine University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka 2012

Job Title:
Rapid Diagnostic Services Project Manager
South West Cancer Alliances (SWAG) and NHS England South (South West)

Job Title:
Clinical Director
Northern Care Alliance Rapid Diagnostic Centre, University Hospital South Manchester

Job Title:
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and RDC Clinical Lead
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and North Central London Cancer Alliance

Job Title:
Programme Manager, NHS Cancer Programme, Faster Diagnosis
NHS England

Pricing structure

  • £349 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place
  • £299 + VAT (each) for two or three NHS or public sector places
  • £599 + VAT for one commercial organisation place

You or a colleague can claim the £299 + VAT NHS discount, for booking two or more places, if you also book onto: 

Commercial companies are also invited to sponsor this day please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation, you can reserve your place with us. Please email the reservations team at SBK Healthcare with your details:

  • Booking contact: name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Event(s) to reserve for: title and date
  • Delegate details (for each delegate): name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Organisation details: name and address

Alternatively you can make a confirmed booking by emailing the above information to the bookings team 

Once you have booked your place, SBK Healthcare will correspond with you using the email address you provided at the time of booking. Within one week of the online conference taking place, you will be sent final details of the course including a full agenda, programme timings and your Zoom joining instructions. This email will include a joining link that can be used to access the conference.

If you have not received your email two days before your event, do check your junk folder then contact SBK Healthcare on 01732 897788.

Practice sessions are available and you will be sent an invitation to join one of our delegate practice sessions. These are optional but great if you are unsure of whether your camera and microphone will work on Zoom. We hold several one hour practice sessions across the week when a member of SBK Healthcare staff will be waiting in Zoom to assist you. Please do pop in, say hello and make sure you are all set for the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the conference by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. In groups of between 6-10 people, you will be admitted into the main conference room to be greeted by a member of SBK staff. In the same group you will be taken into a breakout room and asked to turn on your video and microphone. A member of the SBK team will get your group started with some orientation tasks and ‘ice breaker’ topics, before leaving you to network.

When you are automatically brought back into the conference room for the start of the conference, you will be asked to turn off your camera and microphone so that the chair can start the forum. During each presentation you will be able to ask questions in the chat box function. The forum will include screen breaks, as well as topic themed interactive sessions which will take place in the breakout rooms.

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Certification of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every fully registered participant who completes the course, as a record of your continuing professional training and development.

Registration fees

You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.

Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email the bookings team.

Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.

Event changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.

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Expected attendees

This online meeting is ideal for professionals working in NHS cancer services, cancer alliances or primary care who are looking to develop their diagnostic pathways. Expected attendees include:

  • Consultant Oncologists, RDC Consultants and Clinical Leads
  • Cancer Service Managers and Leads
  • Rapid Diagnostic Project Managers, Project Leads, Lead Clinicians, Strategy and Operations Managers
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Lead Nurses
  • General Practitioners

Past attendee feedback

If you choose to attend you will be in good company with over 500 NHS professionals choosing to attend our online events in the past 2 years. Our online forums have recieved excellent feedback – but don’t take our word for it!

"Excellent opportunity for nurses to join and improve knowledge"

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

"Lots of information to take on board and discuss in-house with my local team of ideas on how to triage and assess patients better and ensure pathways are correct"

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

"I found it very friendly, and very informative. it was nice to talk to other areas, in small groups, before the presentation started, and learn a bit about how other areas’ processes are for triage and assessment of their patients"

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trus

"The entire session was very well presented and it will really help with my practice!"

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

“Informative, friendly and highly appropriate content. Really exciting day as it felt like networking and being present at a physical conference, so thank you for making it so warm and welcoming”

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

“It was an excellent conference with really interesting sessions. I felt that the virtual aspect went well with support being readily available and helpful”

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

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An online forum like no other…

A live event that will feature leading presentations, interactive breakout rooms, and compelling Q&A discussions

As a sponsor you will have the opportunity to present your product or service, be a ‘face’ of the event and meet your audience face-to-face to discuss their experiences, interests and key concerns.

To find out more about sponsorship contact Sarah Kemm on 01732 897788 or you can email Sarah. Your organisation could be sponsoring this forum today!

Branding, marketing and education opportunities include...

  • Your organisation featuring on this forum website as ‘sponsored by’; including your logo, promotional text and links to your URL
  • 5 minutes presentation time during the main conference and taking part in the related speaker Q&A
  • Unique opportunity for the sponsored presenter to moderate one of the interactive breakout rooms
  • Additional company representatives can attend the online conference and meet the attendees during the interactive sessions in the breakout rooms
  • Your logo or company name will be included in all correspondence we send to registrations and all promotional emails sent out when marketing
  • Your support and sponsorship will be recognised when you are thanked at the opening and closing of the online forum as well as your logo featuring on the opening and closing slides
  • All sponsors will receive a copy of the registration and attendee list
  • Plus: a one-off option to add your question to the registration form, asking if attendees would like to share their email address with you so you can keep them informed after the online forum

Sponsor this forum and be part of a quality interactive event...

But don't take our word for it. We have had some excellent feedback from attendees to the forums that have been held to date:

"Forum was managed extremely well, and very professional"

IAPT National Networking Online Forum 2021 - 21st January 2021

“I am sure like everyone else I was apprehensive with going online, not sure how we could network, the ability for all participant's to participate and the quality of the presentations - all my fears were diminished this turned in to be a great day, networking, leading and sharing still occurred and links still formed. The presentations were excellent and the quality of the forum and set up great and so easy to follow and timing excellent.”

Reduce Paediatric Emergency Attendance Online Conference – 8th October 2020

“The conference has been far more engaging than in a conference centre. This I think is because of the ability to participate in chat throughout and the use of the breakout discussions.” “Excellent day! Organisation was great - loved the break out rooms for chat. Virtual chat added another really useful way to interact during the day, which isn't available to us at the physical conferences.”

Leading Change in Clinical Coding Online Conference - 11th September 2020

"Very informative, lots of opportunity for discussions and very well organised virtually"

Providing Support for Children on Long Term Ventilation - Tuesday 9th March 2021

"I enjoyed the group chats networking listening to others experiences, I also like that there was a lead on each group so the chats were influenced and no awkward silences that can occur on web meets. I thought the larger talks were really good and easy to listen to."

Modernising Outpatient Services Online Conference – 16th September 2020

“This is my first experience of an online conference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn't sure what to expect. Would recommend to colleagues to attend future events” “This has to be the best online conference I have been to, I really enjoyed the breakout rooms.”

Advancing Ulcer Care Management Online Forum – 29th September 2020

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