Winter 2023 Innovation Event

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

What was the event about?

We focused on the ways Cancer Alliances and NHS Trusts are working to deliver the Primary Care Network (PCN) Directed Enhanced Specification (DES) for prostate cancer. This event provided a space for healthcare professionals in all four nations to hear about projects that support the delivery of the specification, how to deliver an early diagnosis mandate, as well as a Q&A.

You can find practical guidance, as well as our downloadable toolkit and flowcharts on how to deliver the DES here.


We were joined by the following speakers:

Lisa James 

Senior Strategy Manager leading on Primary Care for the NHS England Cancer Programme. Lisa has been central to the development of the PCN DES requirements on early cancer diagnosis so is perfectly placed to lend her insight.

Tim Dudderidge 

Consultant urological surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton. He has helped transform the service with innovations in the diagnostic pathway, developed new therapies, and is running a region wide prostate health information service with PSA blood test self-referral pilot.

Rachel Brown

Partner at Montpelier Health Centre in Bristol and cancer lead for Bristol Inner City PCN, Dr Brown has led on the delivery of a pilot programme since July 22 of a text-based stratified outreach encouraging men with known risk factors to complete the Prostate Cancer UK risk checker.

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