In July 2019 Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned M·E·L Research to conduct an evaluation of their Cancer Pathways Programme being delivered at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). The programme has been running since 2014 and aims to improve the outcomes and experiences of cancer patients by redesigning cancer care follow-up at NUH.
Following the completion of the evaluation in October 2020, M·E·L Research, supported by Macmillan and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, ran a ‘share and learn’ workshop to discuss the evaluation, explore the Programme’s progress, and discuss its future.
The workshop was originally designed to be delivered face-to-face but due to Covid-19 restrictions, M·E·L Research hosted the workshop via MS Teams instead, enabling attendees to join the workshop online. A total of 27 stakeholders attended, including commissioners, clinicians, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Macmillan GPs, NUH management, Macmillan Cancer Pathways Programme Team, third sector partners, and wider stakeholders. Most had been directly involved in delivering the Programme.
Prior to the workshop, attendees were asked to reflect on what they have learned from the Programme, what the key challenges had been, and how they would like to see the Programme develop after January 2021. During the workshop, attendees were encouraged to provide experience-based evidence about lessons learned.
The workshop began with an in-depth summary of M·E·L Research’s evaluation findings followed by discussion points, and then four online break-out sessions, allowing stakeholders responsible for delivering certain areas of the Programme to discuss care planning, treatment summaries, information support, and future commissioning and roll-out. The workshop successfully brought together the key stakeholders in the Programme, during the current pandemic, to discuss its successes, challenges and future sustainability.
As the event host, we learned some practical lessons about how to run this sort of event most effectively. What could be improved for future events includes:
What worked well was:
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