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Cancer Alliance appoints Simon Cox as manager

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Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cox as managing director.

Simon will play a crucial role in bringing together all the different organisations that commission and provide cancer services to work collectively to improve cancer outcomes for the people living in Humber, Coast and Vale.

With more than 30 years’ NHS experience, Simon joins the Cancer Alliance from NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group where he has served as the Director of Acute Commissioning since January 2019. Prior to that, he spent several years serving as Chief Officer of NHS Scarborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

Simon is no stranger to the transformation of services across the Humber, Coast and Vale health and care system, in September last year, he was appointed as executive programme director of the East Coast Service Review.

He succeeds Yvonne Elliott, who has served as the Cancer Alliance’s managing director since March 2020. Yvonne has been appointed as director of the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership’s Community Health and Care Provider Collaborative, so will be remaining within the Humber, Coast and Vale health and care system.

Commenting on Simon’s appointment, Phil Mettam, the Cancer Alliance’s Senior Responsible Officer, said: “We are extremely pleased to appoint Simon as managing director of the Cancer Alliance. Given his wide range of experience in the NHS, which spans more than 30 years, I’m sure that Simon will be hugely successful in the role.

“He will play a pivotal role as the Cancer Alliance builds on its work to bring the organisations which provide or commission cancer services in Humber, Coast and Vale closer together to improve services and outcomes for patients.”

Simon Cox said: “I am delighted to be joining the Cancer Alliance. It is a real privilege to take this leadership role across the Humber, Coast and Vale cancer programme, working with our partner colleagues to further develop cancer services in our region to deliver better treatments and care for patients in the future.”

Paying tribute to Yvonne’s contribution to the Cancer Alliance, Phil said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank Yvonne for all her hard work over the last two years, a period during which cancer services and indeed all health and care services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Yvonne has helped the Alliance navigate multiple competing priorities, her professionalism and diligence has always shone through, and she moves across to the Collaborative with our full support.”

Cancer Alliance News – Summer 2021

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The Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance Summer 2021 newsletter is now available.

The summer edition features details of activity taking place across the Alliance’s programmes of work to support high standards of care across Humber, Coast and Vale. This includes developments to the
Cancer Champion programme, changes to the skin cancer pathway, volunteer groups supporting people affected by cancer and much more.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Free ‘Cancer Demystified’ Webinars for Secondary Care Professionals

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Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is pleased to offer free Cancer Demystified webinar training for staff working in cancer services at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Cancer Demystified training aims to provide both clinical and non-clinical colleagues with a wider understanding of cancer and the associated terminology. The sessions, which can be accessed online and last around 60 minutes, help build confidence to have potentially difficult conversations about cancer with those affected by it. Each webinar covers a different topic, from the staging and grading of cancer and how chemotherapy works, to in-depth descriptions of different cancer types and more. A link to the full list of modules can be found here.

The free sessions are available to Trust staff working in cancer services until 31st March 2022.

For more information and to sign up, email admin.hcvcanceralliance@nhs.net.

October 2020 Stakeholder Update

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Click here to view our October 2020 stakeholder update.

Update (30th October 2020): The NHS Lung Health Check Service, which was due to re-start in Hull on 3rd November 2020,  will continue to be paused due to Covid-19. Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is in on-going discussions with partner organisations regarding the re-start and will provide more information once available.

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Healthcare Professionals urge public to ‘help us help you’ by getting cancer symptoms checked and attending routine appointments

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Healthcare professionals across the Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) region are appealing for the public to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom that could be cancer, as new research found that nearly half (48%) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all.

A fifth (22%) would not want to be a burden on the health service while a similar number said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help.

Health and care professionals from across the HCV region, have pulled out all the stops to keep cancer services going

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Dr Dan Cottingham, CRUK GP Lead

throughout the pandemic, with over 90% of patients urgently referred being seen by a specialist within two weeks.

Dr Dan Cottingham, Cancer Research UK GP Lead for HCV Cancer Alliance said: “People should not hesitate to get help if they are worried about a symptom that may be cancer, such as:

  • unexplained blood that isn’t from an obvious injury
  • a lump
  • weight loss which feels significant
  • an unexplained pain that lasts three or more weeks

“Cancer is easier to treat when it’s caught at an earlier stage and we are asking members of the public to help us help you by coming forward for a check that could save your life.” Dr Stuart Baugh, Clinical Director for HCV Cancer Alliance said:

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“People who have already been invited for an appointment are encouraged to attend, whether that be a routine screening appointment, an invitation for treatment or an appointment with your GP.

“Healthcare providers have introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff, including the use of PPE, COVID-secure areas, and phone or virtual appointments.

“To highlight the measures that have been put in place at Trusts within the HCV region, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have created virtual ‘walkthrough’ videos and patients are advised to watch the video or contact their medical team should they have any concerns about accessing NHS services during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

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Cancer Alliance News – Autumn 2020

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 Click here to read the latest edition of Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance News.

In this edition, we hear from Dr Stuart Baugh, Clinical Director of Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance as he outlines our plans for recovery and highlights the importance of attending hospital appointments when invited.

Find out about a new Quality of Life survey which launches in September, read about our new virtual Cancer Champion awareness sessions and discover our new online hub where those living with and beyond cancer, their friends and family, or anyone with questions or concerns about accessing NHS services can find useful, reliable and up to date information.

If you would like to feature in our next edition, please email comms.hcvcanceralliance@nhs.net[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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