RTUK TALKS - New Webinar series for the radiotherapy workforce

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Welcome to RTUK Talks 2024 series!

This year our brilliant speakers will take us deep into the theme of patient experience with free online webinars.

The series has been designed to bring thought-provoking ideas and insights straight to the radiotherapy workforce. Patients and the wider radiotherapy and oncology community are also very welcome to attend. 

We hope to see you there. Sponsored with thanks to AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca has provided financial sponsorship towards this independent Programme and has had no involvement in its creation or organisation. 

What matters to patients? Important conversations about life, death and everything in between

Date: Tuesday, June 25
Time: 8pm GMT/UTC
Where: Online Zoom webinar
Cost: Free, thanks to our sponsors

Join Jean Fisher – Lead facilitator in Advanced Communication Skills Training and experienced palliative care nurse – as we explore how even a five-minute conversation can be a game changer for people with cancer. Jean shares her years of experience in spotting when people want to talk and what about, offers some surprising insights into what matters most when we are approaching death and explores how the workforce can be of service when it comes to important conversations. Jean works with senior clinicians, helping them to deepen their communication skills.

We’ll also be welcoming Debbie Donnison, who will share her own experience of a Stage 4 diagnosis and her thoughts on meaningful conversations, our reluctance to talk about death and advanced care, and the wider patient perspective. Debbie will offer practical insights around mirroring language, acknowledging patient expertise and the mental strain of appointments. 

Register today

Sexual Wellbeing and Cancer

Holly Masters We will be joined by three brilliant speakers: Holly Masters, Dr Lisa Ashmore and Lorraine Grover. Register now for this free, online webinar for the radiotherapy workforce. Patients and the wider oncology community are also welcome. 

Holly Masters was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2021 at the age of 23. She is an accomplished actor and patient advocate, devoting her time to working with the NHS as co-chair of the East of England Cancer Alliances patient partnership group; and as a patient voice with the National Cancer Programme.

Dr Lisa Ashmore is a senior lecturer in social sciences at Lancaster Medical School, associate dean for engagement in the Faculty of Health and Medicine and a clinical academic therapeutic radiographer based at the Rosemere Cancer Centre. Her current research focuses on understanding how radiotherapy impacts on the sense of sexual self and on social and personal lives, improving patient experiences of living with the social and personal impacts of radiotherapy, and looking at developing key competencies and guidance on talking about sexual wellbeing for practitioners working in radiotherapy.

Lorraine Grover is a psychosexual nurse specialist, registered general nurse and qualified as a sex therapist. She is also a trustee and treasurer of the Sexual Advice Association and specialist advisor to Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK. 

AstraZeneca has provided financial sponsorship towards this independent Programme and has had no involvement in its creation or organisation.

Watch the presentation here

The Whole Picture: preparing and caring for radiotherapy patients and professionals, with Jo McNamara

Jo McNamara, award-winning Therapeutic Radiographer and co-host of oncology podcast Rad Chat, kicks off our RTUK Talks series 2024.

In this one-hour session, the senior oncology lecturer explores the do’s and don’ts of preparing patients for treatment and life afterwards: and opens up the critical conversation needed around professionals caring for themselves in testing times.

Jo will also share a special Rad Chat update about the upcoming Oncology Professional Care conference. RTUK director, Sarah Quinlan, will introduce Jo and share news from the wider work of the charity.

Watch the presentation here

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