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Event CostNon-Member £15.00RCGP Member £10.00The Royal College of General Practitioners in partnership with Leukaemia Care are hosting this participative workshop to empower primary care health professionals to recognise the vagaries involved in a rare blood cancer diagnosis and be up to date of appropriate referral pathways. The event also focuses on communication during diagnosis, establishing an action plan and appropriate after care.The purpose of the event is:To raise the index of suspicion for primary care workers.To give specific tips on early warning signs.To improve the quality of communication and support offered to patients and their families by primary care.Primary care health professionals play a crucial role in diagnosing blood cancer early. But the fact that you may only see one case of blood cancer every two years, combined with the notoriously vague and non-specific symptoms, means that diagnosis can be a challenge.As a result, blood cancers have a higher rate of emergency diagnosis than other cancer types. Emergency presentation rates account for 30% of blood cancers diagnosed, compared to 22% across all cancers. The highest emergency presentation rates for any cancer type occur in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), at 64% of patients. Early diagnosis has a significant impact on both survival rates and patient experience.A desired outcome of this event is that practices will be better placed to diagnose early the condition, refer earlier and above all be more informed in managing a patient holistically.A further desired outcome would be for attendees to disseminate learning to their practice and audit how they have fared in the past and implement updates.AGENDARegistration and Lunch1:00pm – 1:05pm IntroductionEvent chair – Dr Rebecca Chellaswamy, GP & RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty Board member, member of the NHS England Cancer Clinical Reference Group for Children and Young People.1:05pm – 1.30pm ‘Spot Leukaemia’ campaign, Leukaemia Care patient survey Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, Patient Advocacy Director, Leukaemia Care.- Findings, recommendations and GP eLearning Emergency – presentation, study of routes to diagnosis1:30pm – 1:50pm Blood cancer epidemiologyBackground – type of blood cancer, clinical features, pathophysiology etc.1:50pm – 2:20pm Early diagnosis and Influence on outcomes in the modern era.- Acute conditions – Dr Manos Nikolousis, Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Director, Heartlands Hospital, Heart of England Foundation Trust.- Chronic conditions – Dr Ben Kennedy, Consultant Haematologist at University Hospitals of Leicester.2:20pm – 2:30pm ‘Top tips’, things not to forget about blood cancers .Dr Manos Nikolousis, Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Director, Heartlands Hospital, Heart of England Foundation Trust.Dr Ben Kennedy, Consultant Haematologist at University Hospitals of Leicester.Workshop ten questions, key points (from earlier talk) Hand out list of ‘top tips’2:30pm – 3:00pm GP perspective – Clinical care in practice.Dr Pawan Randev, Leicester Macmillan GP, working with North West London Cancer Network and Be Clear on Cancer campaign.-Significance of early diagnosis-Symptom vagaries-Reasons for delay in diagnosis-Overcoming challenges and barriers to early testing and referral.3:00pm – 3:15pm Tea break3:15pm – 3:45pm Clinical care in practice continued – doctor/patient communication during diagnosis, establishing an action plan, on-going holistic care.Dr Ben Kennedy, Consultant Haematologist at University Hospitals of Leicester.Dr Pawan Randev, Leicester Macmillan GP, working with North West London Cancer Network and Be Clear on Cancer campaign.3:45pm – 4:00pm Kate Stallard acute leukaemia patient story and perspectives.4:00pm – 4:15pm Kris Griffin chronic leukaemia patient story and perspectives.4:15pm – 4:45pm Table tasks open Q&A panel discussion.Dr Manos Nikolousis, Consultant Haematologist Clinical Director, Heartlands Hospital, Heart of England Foundation Trust.Dr Ben Kennedy, Consultant Haematologist at University Hospitals of Leicester.Dr Pawan Randev, Leicester Macmillan GP, working with North West London Cancer Network and Be Clear on Cancer campaign.Dr Rebecca Chellaswamy, GP & RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty Board member, member of the NHS England Cancer Clinical Reference Group for Children and Young People.4:45pm – 5:00pm Parting summary – take home points – I have learnedDr Rebecca Chellaswamy, GP & RCGP Vale of Trent Faculty Board member, member of the NHS England Cancer Clinical Reference Group for Children and Young People.Organiser nameRCGP Leicester & Vale of Trent Faculty in partnership with Leukaemia CareEmail AddressLeicester@rcgp.org.uk