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Supporting patients to access appointments

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The Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s Outpatients Transformation Programme has launched two short animations to support patients to access appointments.

The animations aim to support and empower patients by explaining what Patient Initiated Follow Ups (PIFU) are and describing how patients can undertake their appointments virtually if required.

Wendy Scott, Director of Collaborative of Acute Providers explains:

“We are now in a world where we need to embrace new ways of working and new technologies which support and empower our patients, where these are deemed suitable.  It is intended that these animations help patients become better informed and aware of their choices on what options are available to them for their ongoing care.”

Dr Nigel Wells, Executive Director of Clinical and Professional Services adds:

“Adopting these changes can save patient’s time and cost by reducing travel to busy hospital sites, avoiding taking time off work, whilst ensuring that the appointments they do have offer the most benefit and convenience for them when they need them most.”

The animations explain the benefits of the use of PIFU and virtual appointment to the patient, NHS and the clinician the appointment is to see. Many patients will benefit from virtual and PIFU appointments, allowing them to taking control of their healthcare and allowing patients to tailor their care to their needs.

 

NHS launches awareness campaign in Humber and North Yorkshire for England’s most deadly cancer

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The NHS in Humber and North Yorkshire is encouraging people with symptoms such as a long-standing persistent cough, to contact their GP practice for potentially lifesaving checks in its latest campaign to catch lung cancer earlier when it is easier to treat.

The launch of the latest Help Us Help You campaign comes after figures suggest that people at risk of lung cancer may not be coming forward for care despite lung cancer being the biggest cause of cancer deaths in England.

While most cancer referrals quickly returned to pre-pandemic levels after the first wave of COVID-19, lung cancer referrals only returned to pre-pandemic levels in May 2022.

Cancer health chiefs are warning the public to contact their GP team if they have had a persistent cough for longer than three weeks or notice other symptoms like coughing up blood or persistent breathlessness.

Lung cancer is one of the most serious type of cancers and last year was the fifth biggest cause of death in England accounting for 26,410 deaths.

Thanks to national awareness campaigns and early diagnosis initiatives, one in every four GP referrals are now for suspected cancer and the NHS is seeing record numbers of people getting checked for cancer. Over 5.3 million people were referred between June 2021 and May 2022, and over 670,000 have started treatment since March 2020.

The latest campaign will target the groups of people most at risk including over 60s, as well as people who are often more reluctant to visit their GP practice, which is critical to getting an early diagnosis.

Professor Peter Johnson, National Clinical Director for Cancer said: “It is vital that people stay alert against suspected lung cancer symptoms, so if you have a continuous cough or breathlessness, don’t ignore or assume it’s something else, please visit your GP and get it checked out – it probably won’t be cancer but catching it early can help save lives”.

The NHS ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign will run across TV, video-on-demand services such as ITV Hub, radio, and social media over the next few months to spread awareness of lung cancer symptoms.

Cally Palmer, NHS England National Cancer Director said: “We know for a fact most people who get diagnosed with lung cancer early go on to survive so it is imperative that people are aware of the symptoms and come forward as quickly as possible.

“The NHS is here to help and our services are open so people should not hesitate to come forward if they notice potential lung cancer symptoms”.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said: “The ‘Help Us Help You’ initiative is empowering people to come forward for screening – particularly for lung cancer.

“I want to thank all those that continue to be involved in this life-saving campaign, which aims to increase the number of cancer patients diagnosed at earlier stages from half to three-quarters by 2028.

“If you have any of the key symptoms set out by the NHS, I urge you to see your GP without delay to get checked out – early diagnosis is absolutely vital to beat this disease”.

The NHS is also working with a leading lung cancer charity – the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation to run local awareness raising campaigns, as well as working with the foundation to rapidly expand the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme, currently in operation in Hull, which screen people at risk of developing lung cancer.

Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: “It is absolutely vital that if you are experiencing symptoms like a persistent cough or shortness of breath that you take action and contact your GP team. Don’t put it off. Don’t presume it’s nothing to worry about. Don’t worry about bothering your doctors. It is always best to check because if it is lung cancer, catching it early can make all the difference.”

Hear from local Hull residents who’ve benefitted from the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme and caught symptoms early enough for effective treatment.

The new lung cancer campaign is the latest drive by the NHS to deliver world-class cancer care and restore cancer services following the pandemic.

Earlier this year NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard announced a revolutionary drug, atezolizumab, for lung cancer patients thanks to an NHS England brokered deal which helps reduce the chance of lung cancer reappearing or death by 34%.

The NHS this year also secured access to durvalumab, which can help double how long somebody can survive an aggressive form of lung cancer, as well as, mobocertinib, which will help hundreds of patients tackle a rare form of lung cancer which can’t be removed by surgery.

Last month (July 2022), the NHS announced a breakthrough treatment for people with respiratory cancer, which is set to benefit around 1,000 patients a year in England.

Back in March an NHS campaign was backed by Boxers, Love Island and Killing Eve stars, to encourage people to come forward to get checked if they have potential cancer symptoms.

The NHS has also awarded £10 million to pioneering new cancer innovations to help improve cancer diagnosis across England.

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to increasing the proportion of cancers caught early, when they are easier to treat, from half to three in four.

 

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NHS Targeted Lung Health Check service moves to East Hull

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A high-tech mobile screening unit, which is helping to save lives through earlier diagnosis of lung cancer and other conditions, has moved to East Hull.

The NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme invites past and current smokers aged between 55 and 74 who live in Hull and are registered with a Hull GP to a free lung health check, to identify potential lung problems early so effective and early treatment can be provided.

The unit’s relocation from North Hull to Morrisons supermarket on Holderness Road will see approximately 10,000 people in East Hull invited for a lung health check within their local community.Unit at Morrisons on Holderness Road

The NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme supports the NHS Long Term Plan ambition of detecting more cancers at an earlier stage when they are easier to treat.

Thousands of people have been invited for a lung health check since the programme launched in Hull in January 2020, with around 10,500 assessments and 7,000 scans carried out during this time. In the small percentage where cancer is detected, many have been found at an earlier stage, which is likely to result in better outcomes for the patient.

The lung health check takes place in two stages. The first is an initial phone assessment with a specially trained respiratory nurse. If the assessment finds the person to be at high risk, they will be offered a low dose CT scan of the lungs for further investigation at the mobile unit.

Those eligible for a lung health check in East Hull will receive an invite from their GP over the coming weeks and are strongly urged to take up the offer.

Dr Stuart Baugh, Clinical Director for the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme in Hull, said: “There are often no signs or symptoms of lung cancer at an early stage and as a result seven in 10 patients are diagnosed too late.

“Early intervention can make a huge difference with a CT scan three times more likely to support a diagnosis of cancer at an early stage, often before symptoms occur. It can also spot other lung and chest conditions, meaning that people can get help and support for conditions they may not even have realised they have.”

Dr Kanwal Tariq, Consultant in Chest Medicine at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Since the screening programme started, people across Hull have shown a real interest in and enthusiasm for lung health checks, and we hope this will be repeated as the mobile unit moves to the east of the city.

“Many participants won’t need to have a scan, just a chat with a friendly lung specialist respiratory nurse which involves discussing any potential risk factors, any current chest problems and then some useful advice on keeping the lungs healthy. If a CT scan is needed, the team will make that as quick and straight forward as possible.”

The first GP practices in East Hull to invite patients to attend screening are East Hull Family Practice, East Park Practice, Laurbel Surgery and Dr Weir – based at Marfleet Primary Healthcare Centre.

Dr Masood Balouch, an East Hull GP, said: “It is very encouraging to see hundreds of people attending for their lung health checks every month. As a local GP, working in the East Hull area for many years, I urge all eligible patients to take up the offer of a lung health check straight away. Please call to book your lung health check when you get your invitation letter through from your practice.

“Early detection of cancer not only allows earlier treatment and support for people, it also helps to improve their long-term health outcomes.”

If you are registered with a GP practice in East Hull and receive a lung health check invite, don’t ignore it – book your appointment today. Contact your GP if you if you think you are experiencing symptoms of lung cancer.

The NHS Lung Health Check Programme will be launching in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during early 2023. Find out more about lung health checks in Hull at www.lunghealthcheck.org.uk.

Cancer Patient Experience Survey results published

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The 2021 Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) results have been published.

The survey, which has been carried out annually since 2010, helps organisations that commission and provide cancer services to understand what aspects of cancer services are working well and identify areas for improvement.

The survey was completed refreshed in 2021 in response to feedback from patients, and providers and commissioners of cancer services, and therefore should not be compared with results from previous years.

The 2021 CPES survey was completed by 59,352 patients nationally, equating to a response rate of 55%. In Humber and North Yorkshire 2,433 patients completed the survey, resulting in a response rate of 60%.

As in previous years, the Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance will use the 2021 CPES results to identify local priorities and work with patients and partners to deliver positive change.

The areas for improvement identified in the 2021 survey across the Humber and North Yorkshire area include: waiting times for diagnostic test results; patients having a main point of contact in their care team; staff providing patients with information on available support; and cancer research opportunities being discussed with the patient.

Click here to view the Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance-area CPES results.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

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Cervical Screening Awareness Week (20-26 June) is championed by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and raises the profile of cervical screening by sharing tips and experiences for those who find accessing screening appointments difficult.

To mark Cervical Screening Awareness Week, the Cancer Alliance is offering free bitesize cervical screening awareness sessions to people living in Humber and North Yorkshire. The sessions will teach people about:

  • • the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer
  • • HPV and the HPV vaccination programme
  • • what happens at a cervical screening test
  • • hints, tips and experiences that will help women and people with a cervix feel more able to book a test

To sign up for a free 30-minute session, please click here

For more information about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, please visit.

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Charity shop raises £20k for cancer equipment

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A charity shop in Cleethorpes has raised £20,000, which will benefit bowel cancer patients at Grimsby hospital.

Sea View Cancer Charity Shop has been drumming up funds for the Health Tree Foundation (HTF) – the hospital’s official charity – for the last four years.

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Volunteers at the Sea View Cancer Charity Shop in Cleethorpes

The money has been raised through donations customers have made and sales made through the store. It will be put towards specialist equipment, which will help bowel cancer patients who need treatment during a very difficult time.

Prue Stillings, 72, one of the volunteers, who has worked at the store since it opened in the late 1970s, said: “It is fantastic that the money we have raised will go towards helping cancer patients at the hospital. I have had cancer myself three times so I wanted to give something back to people who have been through what I have.

“All of the ladies that work in the shop are volunteers and one of them is 94! We did struggle during the pandemic as we couldn’t open but things have got better recently. We received a grant from the council which really helped us. We are hoping to continue to raise more money for the charity in the future.”

The shop has previously raised more than £20,000 for HTF’s Rear into Gear appeal, which went towards new state-of-the-art equipment for the Colorectal Team at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals.

Miss Stillings, who has previously been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen thanks to her fundraising efforts, added: “We started raising money after I lost my father and brother in the same week to cancer. We used to be based on St Peter’s Avenue but eventually moved to Sea View Street. We have raised more than £1 million over the years for various cancer causes.”

Lucy Skipworth, Grimsby Community Champion for HTF, said: “I am delighted that the Sea View Cancer Charity Shop has raised this incredible amount of money for us. It will really help our patients who use our cancer services.”

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Cancer Alliance Stakeholder Newsletter – June 2022

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Click here to read the latest edition of Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance’s stakeholder newsletter.

This edition includes updates on:

  • The Cancer Alliance’s 2021/22 annual report launch
  • A patient helping to support people affected by ovarian cancer
  • New research to evaluate if a blood test can detect cancer
  • Free training that is providing vital awareness of cancer
  • And much, much more!
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Latest Cancer Quality of Life survey results published

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The latest set of results for the Cancer Quality of Life Survey have been released.

The survey aims to find out how quality of life may have changed for people diagnosed with cancer, helping to identify where care is working well or not so well, and whether any new services are required to improve quality of life.

The inaugural Quality of Life survey results were released in September 2021 and are updated every six months, with the latest set of results released in late April 2022.

When the survey was first launched only people who had received a breast, prostate or colorectal cancer diagnosis were asked to complete the survey around 18 months after diagnosis.

Although since July 2021 the survey has been extended to capture the views of all cancer patients 18 months post-diagnosis, the results are still restricted to breast, prostate or colorectal cancer patients while results for other cancers are collated in numbers worth analysing.

The results show that quality of life for people affected by cancer in Humber and North Yorkshire (80.7 out of 100) was slightly higher than for those with a cancer diagnosis living in the rest of England (80.4).

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The average overall health score for cancer respondents in Humber and North Yorkshire was 75.2 (out of 100) – the same as the national average. Unsurprisingly this figure is significantly lower than the average score for non-cancer patients which is 81.8.

To date the survey has been sent to 3,282 people in Humber and North Yorkshire and 1,795 of these people have completed the survey. The Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance’s response rate of 54.7% is the fifth highest response rate of the 21 cancer alliances in England.

Find out more: https://www.cancerdata.nhs.uk/cancerqol

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