Spring 2022 Innovation Event

Hear about innovations and projects from across the prostate cancer community.

What was this event about?

At our Innovation Event in May 2022, we brought together over 70 stakeholders invested in transforming prostate cancer pathways to help tackle inequalities. This event provided a space for healthcare professionals to share best practice and showcase how they’re driving forward innovations. 

Co-producing a local support group for Black men

We heard from Janikke Nordlund (Patient Involvement Lead, South East London Cancer Alliance and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital) and Simeon Greene (Member of National Cancer Programme and patient representative) who highlighted how a co-production approach was used to establish a local support group for Black men with prostate cancer (video section 0:03.45 - 0:29.45).  

Their approach highlighted key principles to establishing peer-to-peer support groups, the importance of engagement, and involvement of men from the very start to produce the best outcomes.  

Prostate cancer treatment decision making

Dr Lucy Brindle (Associate Professor in Ealy Diagnosis Research, University of Southampton), spoke about her research which focuses on the prostate cancer treatment decision making stages of the pathway; which forms part of the Movember TrueNTH Understanding Consequences study 

Dr Brindle covered a range of tested interventions and tools which can be implemented to improve support for men, their partner and family, when it comes to choosing a treatment (video section 0:29.45 - 0:53.50). 

Delivering a Cancer Alliance wide awareness campaign

Modupe Dosunmu (Senior Project Manager, Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance) told us about their project to engage locally within their Black communities to increase awareness of prostate cancer. Modupe's project is part of the wider roll-out of Rapid Diagnostic Services (RDS) in the area.  

Working closely with local primary care, Modupe and her team delivered a Cancer Alliance wide awareness campaign, including multi-media awareness messaging and a face to face 'Health Talk' event which attracted over 90 people to attended. (video section 0:53.53 - 1:10.05).

Raising awareness of prostate cancer in Black Men

Jemma Jones (Communications Lead, Wessex Cancer Alliance) and Duke Harrison-Hunter (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Pompey in the Community, Wessex Cancer Alliance), spoke about their 'Let's Talk About Prostate Cancer' campaign to mark World Cancer Day 2022.  

They worked with Wessex Voices and Dorset Race Equality Council to deliver a 4-week social media campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer in Black men. They also delivered a webinar for primary care professionals to help them increase their understanding. (video section 1:10.27 - 1:26.22).

Want to know more?

If you're interested in finding out more about these projects please contact the speakers directly:

Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance - Modupe.Dosunmu1@nhs.net

Wessex Cancer Alliance - Jemma.Jones@copiaproductions.com 

Understanding consequences - L.A.Brindle@soton.ac.uk 

South East London Cancer Alliance / Guy's St Thomas' - Jannike.Nordlund@gstt.nhs.uk 

Do you have an exciting innovation or project to share?

If you'd like to share a project or innovation you've led on, which has improved the prostate cancer pathway for men, get in touch 

We're interested in hearing about projects including (but not limited to): 

  • Prostate cancer risk awareness campaigns 
  • Diagnosing prostate cancer earlier, e.g., the faster diagnostic standard, optimal timed pathway for prostate cancer and rapid diagnostics 
  • Nurse-led triage 
  • Implementation of mpMRI and LATP biopsy 
  • Personalised care and supported self-management