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Come together with other rapid diagnostic professionals from across the country to network and learn from each other’s challenges and successes of running an efficient RDC. This course will enable you to elevate your approach to achieve a robust and sustainable rapid diagnostic service and enhance your referral standards through improved collaboration with primary care. Discover how to upgrade your RDC by streamlining your pathway and improving the accessibility of your centre.
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5.5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn
Are you keen to elevate your rapid diagnostic service whilst networking with like-minded professionals? If yes, then this online course is for you. Book your place and learn about:
- Managing reduced funding and overcoming capacity challenges
- Achieving a robust and sustainable service
- Navigating and improving the quality of referrals to reduce inappropriate contact
- Developing effective communication and collaboration with primary care
- Enhancing efficiency and streamlining your diagnostic pathway
- Exploring the implementation of site-specific rapid diagnostic pathways
- Improving access to RDCs by addressing health inequalities
Developed with convenience in mind: join this online course remotely
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
Registration, technical support and networking opportunity
Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Carole Goodchild, RDC Service Improvement Lead, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
|Improving your referral standards|
Implementing enhanced screening to reduce inappropriate referrals
Dr Andrew Millar, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and RDC Clinical Lead, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
Establishing effective communication and collaboration between GPs and RDCs
Ruth Leyland, Non-Specific Symptoms Rapid Diagnostic & Cancer of Unknown Primary Specialist Nurse, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Alliance
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Should you be piloting self-referrals in your RDC?
Feedback from interactive discussion: Should you be piloting self-referrals in your RDC?
|Research and innovation|
Latest developments in research and innovations: implications nationally for Rapid Diagnostic Services
Dr Andrew Millar, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and RDC Clinical Lead, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Richard Lee, Consultant Physician, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Develop and protect your RDC pathway with enhanced access to funding
Feedback from interactive discussion: Develop and protect your RDC pathway with enhanced access to funding
|Updating your diagnostic pathway|
Streamlining your diagnostic pathway to enhance efficiency in your service
Dr Luigi De Michele, RDC Consultant, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Overcoming your funding challenges to achieve a robust and sustainable service
Feedback from interactive discussion: Overcoming your funding challenges to achieve a robust and sustainable service
|Site specific pathways|
Case study: Implementing an effective site specific RDS pathway for pancreatic cancer
Vicki Stevenson-Hornby, Rapid Diagnostic Service, Pancreas and Hepatobiliary Specialist Nurse, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
|Improving access to RDCs|
Interactive discussion: Addressing the impact of mental and health inequalities on access to RDCs
Feedback from interactive discussion: Addressing the impact of mental and health inequalities on access to RDCs
Chair’s closing remarks and close of day
Your speaker line-up
Carole Goodchild is a service improvement lead for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently working within the Rapid Diagnostic Centre for Non-specific Symptoms, based in Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
During the 35 years she has worked for the Trust, her career has spanned many aspects including IT, project management, quality and performance, clinical governance and patient safety and experience.
She has been involved in the establishment of the RDC NSS from initial “vague symptoms” pilot in 2018 and has a vested interest in the Friarage’s model of a generalist led, holistic pathway which supports top to toe assessment, faster diagnosis and appropriate onward referral. She works closely with her clinical colleagues in what she see’s as the best job in her career to date.
Carole has a BSc (Hons) in Leadership and MSc in Service Improvement. As well as her work within the RDC, she is currently leading on a wholescale review of the cancer MDTs and supporting Trust colleagues to implement the Best Practice Timed Pathways.
Carole lives on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors and enjoys hiking, foraging and just being in nature. She is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals as a qualified yoga teacher and teaches a regular class in Guisborough.
Dr Andrew Millar is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the North Middlesex University Hospital where he is also the Lead Clinician for Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer and the Viral Hepatitis Services.
He has a passion for ensuring patients are given a rapid and effective diagnosis so that treatment can start early. Dr Millar leads the development of the Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres, which is key project of the UCLH Cancer Collaborative. This work began when he was the London Cancer Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Pathway Director and he now focuses on leading this growing project which is jointly funded by NHS England and Cancer Research UK.
The Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres aim to improve access to care for patients with concerning cancer symptoms in North Central and East London who do not meet the criteria for existing rapid referral or are to unwell to wait for a conventional appointment.
He is passionate that diagnosis must start with a careful record of symptoms and patient’s concern, supported by relevant investigations. He is also helping to develop technology to obtain clinical information from patients to enhance clinical care and provide key data for the development of new clinical decision support tools (CDSTs).
Ruth qualified as an adult nurse with a first-class honors degree from the University of Central Lancashire in 2013. She worked within the critical care team at Royal Blackburn for several years, but always had a passion for cancer care. She then went on to work as a Colorectal specialist nurse for the next 5 years, supporting people with colorectal cancer.
In October 2022 she commenced work as the Non-Specific Symptoms Rapid Diagnostic specialist nurse for the East Lancashire area, with a view to increasing awareness of the pathway and promoting referrals.
She has also recently taken over as the Cancer of Unknown Primary specialist nurse, with the aim of increasing the provision of support to patients and their families, and also developing the service further.
Dr Richard Lee is the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead for Screening, Prevention and Early Detection.
He is a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Champion for Early Cancer Diagnosis at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). As co-lead of The Royal Marsden-ICR Early Diagnosis and Detection Centre, Dr Lee drives Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis initiatives across a number of cancer types.
His clinical interest is early lung cancer diagnosis, as joint National Clinical Lead of the NHS England National Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) Programme that will pilot lung cancer screening in an eligible population of over three million participants across the UK.
His research portfolio includes translation of artificial intelligence (AI) research to early cancer detection within the LIBRA, OCTAPUS-AI and AI-SONAR studies. He is also Principal Investigator for early diagnosis biomarker studies such as NIMBLE for lung nodules and The Royal Marsden Partners Lung Health Check biomarker study. As clinical lead for the SCOOT biomarker study, he will link biomarker research with imaging AI, within NHSE TLHC in partnership with Oxford University and the DART consortium.
Dr Lee is also The Royal Marsden’s Chief Research Information Officer, serves on the British Thoracic Society’s lung cancer committee, and co-leads the Early Diagnosis theme of the Joint ICR-Imperial Convergence Science Centre and NIHR Oncology Translational Research Collaboration.
His work in Early Diagnosis is funded by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity with whom he works closely to promote early diagnosis amongst patients and colleagues.
Vicki is based at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, a tertiary centre for pancreas and HPB conditions, Vicki works as lead nurse for Pancreas and HPB Rapid Diagnostics.
Vicki works tirelessly to improve the diagnostic and treatment pathways for patients receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Vicki has proven experience in service improvement for pancreatic cancer patients having worked previously as a HPB Specialist Nurse in Wigan. During her 8 years in post at Wigan, Vicki successfully designed and implemented the nurse-led accelerated jaundice pathway which went on to win the Nursing Times Cancer Nursing Award in 2018. The pathway which was designed by Vicki has been adopted to date, by 8 other NHS Trusts across England.
Vicki went on to receive the Chief Nursing Officer Silver Award in November 2019, this was awarded by Chief Nursing Officer, Ruth May in recognition of Vicki’s commitment and innovative work in service improvement for pancreatic cancer patients.
Vicki’s passion and commitment to the Pancreas RDS at ELHT contributed to the RDS being recognised Nationally with a Macmillan Professional Excellence Award in 2021.
Most recently, Vicki received the Nursing and Midwifery Parliamentary Award in 2023 in recognition of her work in the area of pancreatic cancer, raising awareness of the disease and implementing successful changes for service improvement.
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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. This includes but is not limited to:
- Rapid Diagnostic Service, Programme, Project, Strategy and Operations Managers
- Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Clinical and Lead Nurses
- Consultant Oncologists, RDC Consultants, Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Clinical Leads
- Pathway Navigators
- General Practitioners
Past attendee feedback
“Very well organised and informative. Great speakers and opportunity to share ideas and experience so far”United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, The Future of Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Centres, December 2022
“Wish I could have attended something like this earlier on in our RCDS pilot”NHS Ayrshire + Arran, The Future of Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Centres, December 2022
“It was really well run from signing up to the day itself”Wales Cancer Network, The Future of Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Centres, December 2022
“It was brilliant, really informative and I’ve left feeling positive and motivated to take new ideas back to the team”United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust, Developing Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Pathways, January 2022
“Really useful event hopefully there will be many more”Barnsley Hospital, Developing Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Pathways, January 2022
“Excellent day and well organised and very informative”The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, Developing Cancer Rapid Diagnostic Pathways, January 2022
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