So far, the written outputs of the Secondary Breast Cancer Taskforce have been developed to influence practice with healthcare professionals and policy makers.
June 2009 sees the publication of Breast Cancer Care's Standards of Care for people living with secondary breast cancer. These standards are a tool for patients and set out the support and care people with secondary breast cancer should expect to receive. They aim to empower patients, offering suggestions as to how patients can improve their own care. The Standards also explain how patients can campaign locally to influence change.
We will be launching these Standards across the UK. Our first launch will take place at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP on Thursday 4 June 2009 between 12-2pm. The event will be hosted by Cathy Jamieson, Shadow Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. If you would like to attend please contact Chris Quince, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7960 3569.
Our English launch will be take place at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London on Thursday 16 June 2009 between 5-7pm and will follow our Annual Healthcare Professional Conference. If you would like to attend please contact Kylie Vilcins, email@example.com or phone 020 960 3542.
We will be launching the Standards in Wales later on in the year, keep a lookout on these pages for more details.
What can I do? Attend our launches and find out how you can make a difference. Breast Cancer Care campaigns at a national level but we need your help to influence change locally. If you are living with secondary breast cancer or are a healthcare professional who cares for this patient group we want you to attend.
At the launches you will receive a copy of the Standards and hear from healthcare professionals and patients who have influenced services for secondary breast cancer patients. You will also get the opportunity to find out more about campaigning and how you can get involved locally.
Working together, champions such as yourselves, and Breast Cancer Care, can ensure that change will come from the top and is implemented on the ground.