Improvement Programme (1)

Active Surveillance

Participating in Prostate Cancer UK's improvement programme was invaluable and the personal leadership training has been of particular help. I hope to build on what I have gained and would recommend them to anyone who is keen to learn more or develop services for men with prostate cancer.
Alice Hartley, Consultant Urological Surgeon; South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Trust

Why are our improvement programmes important for clinicians?

We recognise the NHS is currently under a lot of pressure and understand how demoralising and frustrating this can be. We want to support health professionals to continue delivering best practice in an ever-changing and increasingly complex healthcare environment. We know you are vital to driving improvement.

Our sector-leading improvement programmes provide a supportive and empowering environment for health professionals at different stages of their career with a passion for delivering tangible improvements within the sector. We’ve worked with over 150 health professionals across the prostate cancer pathway and improved care for more than 20,000 men across the UK.  

What is the Active Surveillance Improvement Programme?

We want all eligible men in the UK to experience the highest standards of care when it comes to active surveillance. On our free 20-week programme, you'll learn about best practice models and protocols for active surveillance and strengthen your professional skills. We'll support you to deliver a project that improves the experience for men on active surveillance and encourage you to become a transformational leader in developing (or adopting) a patient centred active surveillance protocol.

Our programme is designed to help reduce variation in the uptake and delivery of active surveillance. We want to support trusts in adopting a structured approach to protocol.

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What does the programme involve?

Our expert programme managers have extensive experience in supporting health professionals working in our complex and fragmented health service. Our team will work with you to enable you to implement best practice in active surveillance. 

Programme structure:

  • Envision the future – developing your change project
  • Stakeholder engagement and influencing
  • Mobilising and communicating improvement
  • Evaluating and measuring impact
  • Building sustainable change


As a participant of our Active Surveillance Improvement Programme, you’ll receive:

  • Training on change leadership, system leadership, improvement science and implementing an improvement project
  • One to one support around your improvement ambitions and leadership development
  • Coaching and peer-based mentoring

During the programme, you’ll develop your skills in strategic and critical thinking, managing complex relationships with stakeholders, and problem solving. You’ll be able to articulate your vision for change and learn about effective leadership.

Your involvement in this programme will make a real impact for men by:

  • Making sure they have a positive experience whilst on active surveillance
  • Giving them access to relevant support, education and decision-making resources, enabling them to make informed decisions about their treatment
  • Guaranteeing safety netting of those on active surveillance
  • Standardising delivery and uptake of active surveillance across the UK
  • Improving equity of access to high quality care

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Who is the programme for?

Health professionals interested in improving or implementing an active surveillance protocol, with the aim to create better patient outcomes and find efficiencies within the pathway. 

We encourage applications from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and any trusts struggling currently to achieve national targets for diagnosis and treatment.  

Key dates

  • Welcome session (virtual) - Wednesday 27 September 2023, 7-9pm
  •  Module 1 (virtual) - Thursday 5 October 2023, 9-12noon
  • Module 2 (virtual) - Tuesday 17 October 2023, 9-12noon
  • Module 3 (face to face) - Wednesday 1 November 2023, 10-4pm - This module will be at a location in London
  • Module 4 (virtual) - Tuesday 6 February 2024, 9-12noon
Please ensure you can attend all sessions before applying.

Programme Expenses

Reasonable travel will be expensed for attending module 3. More information will be provided once you’ve been successfully accepted onto the programme.

Food and refreshments will also be provided throughout module 3.  

How can I apply?

Applications are currently open.

All applicants are required to complete an application form, and a member of the team will then be in contact with you.  

Please note, places are limited, and we reserve the right to close recruitment early.  

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Contact us

If you have any specific queries about the Active Surveillance Improvement Programme, please contact Kavita Tailor - Healthcare Improvement Senior Officer at [email protected]

The Prostate Cancer Improvement Programmes have been 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.