On Tuesday 21 June we held our What next for cancer care in Wales? event at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with our newly-elected and re-elected Assembly Members.
Macmillan in Wales wants to be at the very heart of making sure that the next cancer delivery plan, which is due to be updated in the autumn, meets the needs of people with cancer.
By sharing the stories and experiences of people in Wales affected by cancer, and by giving our professionals the opportunity to speak directly to politicians, we aimed to ensure that cancer patients’ voices, and those of our professionals, were heard.
It was also an evening of firsts!
It was the first time that Vaughan Gething, in his new position as Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-Being and Sport had addressed a Macmillan event. He said that he was “acutely aware” of the challenge, in the face of increasing numbers of people experiencing cancer at a time of rising pressures on NHS resources.
He said that he was “committed to a collaborative approach in Wales” and working with charities “to address the demand on cancer services, getting people the best outcome and experience possible.”
We also launched our cancer care jigsaw. Standing at an impressive 5ft and 11ins, each piece of the jigsaw represents a part of cancer care that we believe every single cancer patient in Wales should have.
Fully bilingual, with English on one side and Welsh on the other, the jigsaw will be visiting some key locations in Wales this year, including the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod for Wales in Abergavenny.
Other speakers included Professor Jane Maher, Macmillan’s Chief Medical Officer and Jane Hanson, the Director of the Wales Cancer Network.
Two very powerful films highlighting the work of our wonderful Macmillan professionals and showing person-centred care in action were screened. We had our world premiere of our new film, featuring Jane Cox- a Macmillan head and neck clinical nurse specialist working in Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital and Paul who she has supported. You can watch it here.
We also showed a film of our telemedicine team working in South West Wales. You can watch it here.
Finally, did you catch any of the event on Periscope? It was as first for us in Wales and we’d love to hear your feedback.