Torbay Hospital Event – ‘Living with and beyond cancer’

Published: 1 April 2015

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has just hosted its first Cancer Services Health and Wellbeing Event aimed at helping cancer patients and their carers live with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.

Approximately 100 people attended the event, organised in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support and held at the Riviera International Centre on Thursday 26 March 2015 as part of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI).

Over the past few years NHS Improvement, as a partner in the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, has focussed on improving care for those with living with and beyond cancer by addressing their needs and helping them return to living their lives as positively, healthily and smoothly as possible.

The event was a combination of professional services, where patients were able to access information about local organisations, and key speakers talking about topics such as eating well, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and relationships. There was also an expert panel question time and break out areas for discussions and activities.

Speaking about the event, Torbay Hospital’s Cancer Services Lead Nurse, Sam Brenton, said: “We were delighted to host such a successful first health and wellbeing event for our cancer patients and their carers. There is a growing awareness and enthusiasm to further develop the ongoing care for patients living with and beyond cancer, and actually this has been extremely evident in the encouraging support provided by our local services.”

“From the initial feedback, it seems to have been very well received and appreciated, and we will use the feedback to plan future events.”

Macmillan Learning and Development Manager, Annette Gillett, helped to develop and deliver the event. She commented; “More people than ever are surviving a cancer diagnosis which is great – but we know the impact of cancer doesn’t just stop when treatment finishes.”

“Working collaboratively with the Trust means together we’ve been able to reach more people at the end of their treatment, providing information and guidance so they are supported to live well and return to a normal life. Linking in with local services and professionals was key to the success of the day and initial feedback has been really pleasing.”