Patient Panel Cancer Conference 2018

Patient Panel Cancer Conference 2018

West Essex residents are invited to attend a cancer conference, led by the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust’s Patient Panel and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG).

Following the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign, residents in Essex and Hertfordshire can be assured that their local hospital provides a top class service, after Princess Alexandra Hospital topped trusts nationwide to reach No 1 for cancer treatment waiting times.

The great performance is echoed by patients themselves who also rate their experience of the service highly. In the most recent National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, improvements were seen in 33 out of 50 questions.

With this recent first class rating awarded to The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, there is no better time to get involved.

If you, a friend, or relative have experienced cancer at any stage, then we would really value your insight and contribution to this event. There will be opportunities to take part in workshops focusing on practical topics such as managing finances and balancing work alongside cancer treatment.

This cancer conference first, also supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, will focus on existing cancer services and discussions on practical steps that can be taken to improve patient care and experiences in this area.

The day will include Q&A sessions, workshops and a complimentary lunch for all attendees. Free parking will also be available onsite.

The conference will take place at the Harlow Leisurezone Resource Centre, CM20 3DT, on Thursday 29 March 2018 from 10am-3.30pm.

If you would like to join us for the conference, please confirm by emailing patient.panel@pah.nhs.uk or calling 07585 401 314.

Note to editors: 

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995. It is a small to medium-size hospital with an annual income of circa £219.37 million. It comprises 413 general and acute beds and provides a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Trust currently employs approximately 2,900 whole time equivalent (WTE) staff and operates outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping and the Cheshunt Community Hospital.

The Trust serves a core population of about 350,000 and is the natural hospital of choice for people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, with a core population which is centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Its extended catchment area (radius of 11 to 13 miles) incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, together with the south of the M25 in Essex being potential areas for growth.

West Essex CCG

  • NHS West Essex CCG serves the communities in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford and the surrounding areas, approximately 303,000 people.
  • The Board is led by elected GPs, a senior nurse, lay members, senior NHS managers and a secondary care consultant. Public Health and Social Services are also represented.
  • It is responsible for an annual budget of over £380m
  • It plans and buys healthcare through:
    • assessing local needs
    • listening to patients and public
    • working in partnership
    • designing services and agreeing contracts
    • WECCG manages quality and performance