We held our first Primary Care education event on Saturday 22nd June, at The Source near Sheffield’s Meadowhall. 54 people attended from a range of professions including GPs, ANPs, Dentists, Dental Nurses, Pharmacists and Secondary Care.

The day was hosted by Dr David Crichton, Clinical Chair, Doncaster CCG and SRO for the Inequalities and Early Diagnosis Workstream and speakers for the day included:

Mr Nigel Beasley, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Mr Muzzammil Nusrath, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Dr Steph Edgar, CRUK Strategic GP and Macmillan GP in Barnsley
Sally Furness, Cancer Research UK Facilitator
Dr Louise Merriman, Primary Care Clinical Lead from South Yorkshire Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance

Mr Beasley and Mr Nusrath started the day by presenting on the topic of head and neck cancer. They provided information on hoarse voices, neck lumps, oral/maxillary cancer and reconstruction work. They also covered who to refer/not to refer on a 2 week wait referral form. They talked through a number of case studies with audience input.

Dr Edgar and Sally spoke about the findings from the Learning Event Analyses which have been undertaken by GP Practices across the Alliance and provided information on the current National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA). For more information on the NCDA, click here.

Dr Merriman spoke about the vague symptoms pathways that have been introduced across the SYBND Cancer Alliance. She covered findings to date and learning points from the pathways.

Our special thanks to all the speakers for their contributions, time and hard work.

There was alot of discussion throughout the morning, however the key messages were: a call for more joint education events on site-specific cancers, the desire for more data on cancer and information on the pathways.