We were very pleased to welcome more than 120 colorectal cancer nurses from all over the country to the 21st NCCNN conference on Monday 25th September 2017 at the Royal College of Physicians.
This year’s programme opened with an excellent session explaining the current clinical trials for colorectal cancer from Dr Francesco Sclafani, GI Clinical Research Fellow, The Royal Marsden. This was followed by a very coherent presentation on the clinical implications of colorectal cancer genetics by Dr Vishakha Tripathi, Consultant Genetic Counsellor in Cancer Genetics, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
The third session by Caroline Tapec, Senior Sister, Vanguard Clinical Pathway Service at St Mark’s, stimulated great discussion on delivering service improvement for patients in the bowel screening programme. The presentation by Melinda Kemp, CNS Lead for Colorectal Pathway and Cassie Dovey, Colorectal CNS followed on nicely from this as they shared how and why they established a nurse-led telephone triage scheme for patients referred under the 2-week wait at Worcester Royal.
We had two sessions on management of advanced bowel cancer, in particular peritoneal metastases. The first was by Bridget, a patient who bravely shared her own experiences of receiving hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy – HIPEC – with cytoreductive surgery, which was later complemented by a more scientific session delivered by Mr Ian Jenkins, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St. Mark’s.
The lunch break gave delegates time to network and visit the exhibition, whilst also enjoying the fabulous food on offer.
The afternoon kicked off with a thoughtful presentation by Dr Lallita Carballo, Clinical Lead for Supportive Cancer Care UCLH, who shared the findings of her PhD study reviewing the nursing contribution in colorectal MDT meetings.
We then heard an interesting presentation from Dr Anna-Marie Stevens, Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, Royal Marsden about the benefits of early supportive care interventions and triggers for palliative care.
The day finished with presentation of the third Gary Logue Colorectal Nurse Awards. Congratulations to Bernice Kent and Maria Lawson. Thank you also to Sir Christopher Pitchers and Cristian Leon for presenting these prestigious awards. You can read more here.
Our annual conference and the provision of travel bursaries is only possible through educational grants from our sponsors and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Servier, Merck and Norgine for their generous support. We also were pleased to have stands from Sirtex and Biokult.
Dr Claire Taylor, Chair, NCCNN
Here’s what the nurses said about the day:
“Very clear presentations and very well presented by every speaker.”
“The MDT presentation really struck a chord.”
“Very interesting to hear from the patient perspective – an eye opener.”
“The HIPEC presentation by Mr Jenkins was exceptional.”
“As always, it’s inspiring to hear what others are doing in their practice.”
You provide an excellent annual conference, so, so helpful.”
“A great opportunity to network with like-minded nurses.”
“All very interesting and at times thought-provoking.”
“The most beneficial part of the day was having conversations with other specialist nurses.”
“Excellent clinical trials presentation – relevant to my practice.”
“The genetics presentation was so well explained.”
“Wonderful food, very well presented and delivered – thank you”.
The following presentations are now available to download: