Alison Bain, Lead Clinic Nurse Specialist at Royal Stoke University Hospital, reviews her experience after receiving sponsorship to attend the 2017 Annual Conference of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses.
"The National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses Annual Conference provides a tremendous opportunity for pollination of new ideas, innovations, learning from past experiences and is an invaluable resource to all that attend.
This year’s conference was fantastic, so I am truly grateful to Boyes Turner LLP for providing funding; without this, I certainly would not have been able to go.
The programme delivered an excellent range of patient centred topics, covering interesting facts, strategic development and interventions. On a personal level, conference highlights included the interactive sessions, debate and Symposium sessions.
Drew Povey was an exceptional motivational speaker; his delivery on leadership and ‘Making THE Difference’ was fantastic and an inspiration to all of us. This was a session not to be missed and something that will be etched on the minds of members for many years to come!
The interactive session on tobacco addiction, with our role, as frontline CNSs, playing a key role in tackling this problem, was entertaining to say the least and stimulated competition within the groups. Likewise, the debate for the right to a HNA was extremely witty, well delivered but also challenged personal opinions and provided an opportunity for reflection.
Consideration for future workforce planning and establishing competencies required for the next generation of Nurse Specialist, debate around the necessity to adapt to the ever-changing environment and push for succession planning strategies as budgets tighten, stimulated many discussions about CNS personal and academic development. Group work created an initial draft of bullet points which were considered to be essential in the validation of lung cancer specific competencies. Other broader issues gave ‘food for thought’ on sustainable and viable working practices, the need to adapt and be creative and how to implement an accelerated diagnostic pathway.
New developments, research and treatment considerations for mesothelioma and NSCLC third generation agents, poster presentations and the general presence of sponsored stands ensured that the event catered for all needs.
A truly enjoyable event, thank you.".
Alison Bain, Lead Clinic Nurse Specialist, Royal Stoke University Hospital
Marie Eaton, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Lung Cancer at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust shares her experience after receiving Boyes Turner sponsorship to attend the British Thoracic Oncology Group Conference which took place in Dublin in January this year.
"The British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) conference is well attended by all healthcare professionals who care for patients with all forms of lung cancer. It is a forum where current practice and expertise is celebrated as well as being an excellent springboard for new innovations in patient care.
This year was the 16th annual conference; however it was the first time that I had been able to attend.
I found it to be an invaluable experience which allowed me to network with other professionals and colleagues from all over Great Britain, and without the generous funding from Boyes Turner LLP this would certainly not have been possible.
I was given the opportunity to gain knowledge about treatments that are being developed for the future of lung cancer, as well as being able to build upon my existing knowledge which underpins current patient care. I was amazed to see how quickly the future of lung cancer is progressing with increasingly favourable outcomes for our patients - it really is an exciting time to be working in the field of lung cancer. The Early Screening Pilot for high risk patients, developed in Greater Manchester, is definitely a game changer in lung cancer and it will be interesting to see how this is developed in the NHS.
I was privileged to listen to a presentation from a patient representative, which was both influential and humbling. I found listening to her story inspirational and felt that having patient involvement truly made the conference extremely powerful and kept the focus of the event where it should be - upon best patient outcomes. Improving and maintaining the quality of life for both the patient and the families of those affected by lung cancer needs to remain a priority. We need to keep people as well as possible for as long as possible, and this conference has certainly given me the tools and inspiration to do so.
Thank you so much for funding my attendance to such a valuable conference, which will no doubt benefit my patients for a very long time.".
Marie Eaton, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Lung Cancer at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust
"Wow! Many thanks once again to Boyes Turner for supporting me at this year’s World Lung Cancer Conference.".
"Thank you; I wouldn’t have been able to go if you hadn’t offered support me, I am very grateful. Thank you.".
"I just wanted to let you know that I have received the cheque towards the cost of attending BTOG. Attending the conference was very helpful both in terms of the conversations I was able to have with colleagues and in the learning I was able to bring back to our own cancer network. Thank you for your support with this.".
"I just want to say thank you very much for the support given to me from your education bursary scheme which enabled me to attend BTOG. The conference was excellent with many very interesting session of relevance to my practice. It was also great to catch up with colleagues and friends from around the UK at the same time. I really appreciate all the support given to me by Boyes Turner.".
"I just want to say thank you very much for your financial support which enabled me to attend WLCC last week. The conference was extremely interesting and I managed to attend a wide range of presentations.".
"I would like to thank you for supporting me at this event. Having never had the opportunity to be able to attend before, I am greatly looking forward to networking and learning from other clinicians from a global perspective. This learning will be invaluable in informing my practice both locally, but also nationally as one of the Mesothelioma UK nurses.".
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