Improvement programmes

Across the UK men do not have access to the same high-quality diagnosis, treatment and support

Prostate cancer services need to be able to adapt to the growing numbers of men being diagnosed as well as new treatments and advancements in technology. With more men also living longer post-diagnosis, clinical teams are caring for much larger numbers of men, some of whom have more complex care needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has also exacerbated many of these challenges.

The ever-changing and increasingly complex healthcare environment means we’re committed to developing more clinical leaders to take on the urgent challenges that we face and drive forward much needed improvements to care delivery.

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to affect prostate cancer services, we have factored this into how we run our programmes but also into the content included. 

Our Improvement Programmes

Through these programmes, we will help you deepen your improvement knowledge and develop the leadership skills needed to drive improvements within and beyond your prostate cancer services. 

What to expect from the programmes:

  • Leadership and improvement theory
  • Opportunities to put in practice key skills
  • Peer support and learning
  • Individual and group coaching
  • Hearing from and networking with inspiring leaders
  • Support to develop an improvement plan
  • Ongoing support from Prostate Cancer UK through an alumni network

Our programmes are open to all clinicians wherever you are on your leadership or improvement journey.

Clinical champions programme

Our flagship Programme will give you an in-depth look at what it takes to be an improvement leader and support you to develop your leadership skills and knowledge to deliver transformational improvements to prostate cancer care over 18 months.

Applications are now closed. 

Leading improvement programmes

Our 8 week programme will help you explore what leadership means to you and develop your confidence and capacity to drive forward improvements to your prostate cancer services.

Applications are now closed. 

Register your interest in our Improvement Programmes

If you're interested in any of our programmes, register your details with us and we will be in contact when new programmes are opening for applications. 

Register now

How our programmes are transforming prostate cancer care

 We’ve been running our improvement programmes since 2019 and have seen that from one programme alone, we have can improve care for over 14,000 men.

Below are just a few of the improvements we’ve seen from our programmes:  

  • More patients are being seen sooner to discuss their referral for suspected prostate cancer. One project recorded the percentage of men seen faster increase from 29% in April 2019 to 91% in November 2019.
  • Introduction of Urology Investigation Units, reducing unnecessary admissions, length of hospital stays and improve waiting times for those requiring admission for surgery.
  • Introduction of follow up pathways and IT systems that allow men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer to be remotely managed effectively.
  • Introduction of whole-body MRI for patients with metastatic prostate cancer.
  • Implementation of one to one and group clinics for men undergoing hormone treatment. This will allow them to receive the support they need to manage the side effects of their treatment.

We have a growing alumni of 137 improvement leaders, all of whom have led or are leading projects to improve prostate cancer care. A map of where our improvement leaders are based is shown below:

What clinicians say about the programmes.

  • “My improvement project was going nowhere and this programme has rejuvenated it. It has helped me understand how best to lead my project and how to get everyone onboard.”
  • “Excellent content, Well organised…Novel. Brilliant idea”
  • “This was a truly mind-expanding course”
  • “Thank you so much for such an inspirational 2 days. It was extremely thought provoking and has changed my outlook considerably!”
  • “Incredibly well thought out module. Powerful techniques and discussion to help with influencing
  • “Brilliantly put together course. Well done and thank you.  Lots of cynics converted, lots of enthusiasts enthusiastic !!”

The Prostate Cancer Improvement Programmes are partly supported by grants from Astellas Pharma Ltd, Bayer UK and Roche Products Ltd. None of these organisations have had any control over the educational content of this activity.