Scotland Policy Conferences

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Priorities for cancer provision in Scotland

Morning, Monday, 29th April 2024

This conference will discuss priorities for cancer services in Scotland, assessing government policy and what will be needed to achieve aims for improved prevention and early diagnosis.

It is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to examine implementation and next steps for the National Cancer Strategy 2023 to 2033, and its focus on holistic and person-centred care, raising early diagnosis rates, reducing rates of lung cancer, expanding the network of Urology Diagnostic Hubs, and tackling recruitment issues and improving workforce wellbeing.

Delegates will assess priorities for improving workforce retention and recruitment of specialist staff such as oncologists and radiologists, with the aim to reduce the cancer treatment backlog, as well as tackling regional variation, with a focus on tackling longstanding challenges around delivering equitable access to care in Scotland.

Discussion will also explore priorities moving forward for the Cancer action plan 2023 to 2026 and progress so far, including providing clarity on financing and resourcing.

Further sessions will assess options for improving screening and the role of innovation, new technologies, and the potential application of AI.

The conference also includes a focus on targets for lung cancer detection and survivorship, including the role of anti-smoking campaigns, as well as wider use of Detect Cancer Earlier (DCE) campaigns.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Professor David Cameron, Professor of Oncology and Director of Cancer Services, NHS Lothian at University of Edinburgh; and Professor David Morrison, Director, Scottish Cancer Registry, Public Health Scotland. 

Overall, sessions in the agenda include:

  • cancer care in Scotland today: assessing the current landscape - priorities for delivery of quality care across Scotland
  • service recovery priorities: high quality palliative care - addressing key workforce challenges - reducing service variation and standardising care - use of new technology - enhancing collaboration
  • clinical priorities: innovation in treatment and screening - access to clinical trials - the way forward for improved cancer monitoring and diagnosis rates
  • achieving strategic aims: models of prevention and early intervention - progress on lung cancer targets - holistic and personalised care provision - improving prehabilitation and patient outcomes
  • policy priorities: next steps for delivering the vision for cancer care in Scotland

Keynote Speaker

Professor David Cameron

Professor of Oncology and Director of Cancer Services, NHS Lothian at University of Edinburgh

Keynote Speakers

Professor David Cameron

Professor of Oncology and Director of Cancer Services, NHS Lothian at University of Edinburgh

Professor David Morrison

Director, Scottish Cancer Registry, Public Health Scotland


Lorna Porteous

Co-Chair, Scottish Primary Care Cancer Group

Gillian Hailstones

Deputy CEO, Beatson Cancer Charity

Dr Frances Yuille

Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Edinburgh Cancer Centre; and Chair, Scottish Standing Committee, Royal College of Radiologists

Lorraine Dallas

Director of Patient Support and Information, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Dr Tasmin Sommerfield

National Clinical Advisor for Screening, NHS National Services Scotland