Bowel cancer remains the second greatest cause of cancer death in the UK – and our aim is to help more patients live better for longer. IMPACT is the next national programme that we are taking on the road and delivering nationally. The programme: Improving Management for Patients with Advanced Colorectal Tumour (IMPACT) is for bowel cancer multi-disciplinary teams to improve their awareness and understanding of treatment options for patients with advanced disease that has spread (liver metastases, recurrent cancer and advanced disease). The success of the programme will be measured by an increase in the number of patients referred to appropriate referral centres and an increased survival rate.
This programme will be composed of 13 workshops throughout the UK – the first of which was held in Basingstoke on 26th January. We expect 160 hospitals and 1,400 doctors and nurses to be involved. We are confident that this programme will be as warmly received as our last national programme (SPECC) and will not only improve survival rates for bowel cancer patients, but also help patients gain a better quality of life following their treatment.
Pelican IMPACT is a national development programme in collaboration with ACPGBI – for all colorectal MDTs and specialist tertiary care consultants to discuss optimal treatment for advanced colorectal cancer including liver, lung and peritoneal metastases, advanced and recurrent primary cancer.
Putting patients at the centre of this innovative programme, the workshops will be based on case studies. With expert panels and local involvement we will cover the patient’s pathway for advanced disease.
Mr Brendan Moran, Prof Jim Hill and Miss Nicola Fearnhead will lead the programme, helped by an extensive expert steering group to guide the programme.
Pelican IMPACT is an ambitious programme that aims to:
- Help all patients have the best treatment at the best time for them at the best place for them
- Make all colorectal clinicians aware of current and developing pathway options for advanced disease
- Drive more consistent processes across all colorectal MDTs to support individual patients’ treatment.
Some feedback we’ve had so far:
‘Anna Wilkinson’s talk was a real highlight – best talk I have had in a long time’
‘Very interesting day, use of case studies & patient videos really relate to current practice’
‘Patient videos were fantastic – I really enjoyed the holistic nature of the day’
‘Felt presenters were critical of others without evidence for dismissing them’
‘Would be good to know what specialities are where, allowing us to point patients in the right direction for the right treatment options’
‘Excellent thought-provoking day. A relief that most of what we are doing seems sensible’
‘Palliative care talk was BRILLIANT’
‘I enjoyed the patient films. If possible it would be good to hear from the patients discussed in case studies or practitioner who hear from the practitioner who knows patient to give more info on videos’
‘Patient video a very good way of bringing in the patient voice – thank you’
‘Extremely interesting how different surgeons and teams discuss and work and change their treatment plan to obtain the same end results.’