Scottish Cancer Conference 2017 Programme


Welcome / Chair’s address

Scottish Cancer Foundation Lecture

Harnessing data to drive improvements in Scotland’s cancer services

Data and analytics have huge potential to drive improvements in health outcomes. But how can we deliver this value rapidly to patients, healthcare professionals and the wider NHS? What infrastructure needs to be in place in Scotland? And what are the real-world implications if we don’t see progress in this area?

Break & networking

Scottish Government Address

Testing cancer sooner: The introduction of the FIT test in Scotland

National screening programmes are crucial to the earlier detection of cancers. This year, Scotland will become the first UK nation to introduce the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) into the bowel screening programme. This new, simpler test involves taking just a single sample – and is anticipated to increase screening uptake as a result. This session will explore the opportunities that FIT represents for earlier diagnosis – while also outlining key considerations for its implementation. 

Paul Hawkins (NHS Fife)

Lunch & Networking

Tackling the impact of inequalities on cancer outcomes

Over the past 40 years, cancer survival has doubled: today, 1 in 2 will survive a cancer diagnosis. Yet there remain some population groups whose outcomes lag behind others: mortality rates in the most deprived areas of Scotland are 1.6 times higher than in the least deprived areas. More advanced stage at presentation is likely to significantly contribute to this cancer inequality. This session will explore how to overcome health inequalities – particularly as they relate to the prevention and early diagnosis of cancers. Panel members will not only provide evidence of how health inequalities are impacting outcomes, but also outline what interventions are best placed to tackle them. 

Children and young people with cancer: the achievements and ambitions of the MSN

All cancer centres in Scotland now work together as one service - the Managed Service Network (MSN) – to care for children, teenagers and young adults with cancer. At a time when mortality from children’s cancers is been steadily declining, yet incidence is on the rise, this session will outline how Scotland can deliver a safe, sustainable world class national service for children and young people with cancer.

Break & Networking

Improving Patients Access to Medicines

At last year’s conference, Dr Brian Montgomery discussed the key themes of his independent review into reforms to the Scottish Medicines Consortium. Since that report was published, the Scottish Government has committed to implementing its recommendations. This session will explore the key areas for action to help drive better patient access to medicines, and well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 


Gail Caldwell (Scottish Medicines Consortium)
Jennifer Dickson (Scottish Medicines Consortium)
Peter McGrath (Scottish Medicines Consortium Public Partner)
Scottish Government Representative TBC

End of formal conference

Drinks reception and Scottish Cancer Foundation prize-giving