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Community Oncology CPD course converted to free online webinar series to support primary care during Covid-19

15 March 2021

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The School of Medicine team, supported by the CPD Unit, has successfully adapted their successful Community Oncology study day into a series of free live webinars, to ensure that primary care teams are supported during Covid-19.

The Community Oncology course was established in 2019 as a 1-day face-to-face session, designed to provide the most up-to-date resources for GPs and primary care workers. The session was very popular and was originally scheduled to run again in 2020. Sadly, this had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Community Oncology team was acutely aware that the target audience is largely made up of front-line workers who are under immense pressure due to Covid-19 and who have little time for CPD training at this time; however, the team was also very keen to provide this free resource in order to support staff. Additionally, the number of referrals due to cancer has currently dropped because fewer patients are currently reporting symptoms, so it is an opportune time to provide an update.

The Community Oncology team is made up of Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Programme Director of Postgraduate Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, Dr Mick Button, Oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre and Dr Elise Lang, Macmillan GP, North Cardiff.  Sessions include presentations by expert speakers (GPs and Oncologists) from local University Health Boards.

We supported the Community Oncology team to adapt the content into bite-sized lunchtime webinar sessions, providing key updates for primary care workers. The series is designed to provide practical information to support primary care practice, whilst fitting in with busy work schedules. All sessions will also be made available via our YouTube channel.

The series is now underway; each session has been really interactive, with attendees posing several interesting questions to our panel of guest speakers, which includes prominent local specialists and practitioners.

Following the opening session on Diagnosing and managing lower GI cancers, Dr Elise Lang said:

Today’s session went really well; we were thrilled to have some fantastic expert speakers and an interactive audience – I certainly feel that I have updated my knowledge of primary care supporting colorectal cancer patients. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Dr Elise Lang, Macmillan GP clinical lead for Velindre Cancer Centre

Feedback for the sessions so far has been excellent:

A great course helping to access updates, developments and advances in cancer care. It's accessible, informative and inclusive of the changes and challenges being faced in primary and secondary care right now. I would highly recommend this to any clinician for CPD learning or general improvement of knowledge within cancer care.
Fiona Morse, Nurse at North Cardiff Medical Centre
Both speakers were engaging and their subject was delivered in a way that was very relevant to my role as a GP. Thank you so much for a really useful and informative session.
Attendee, Diagnosing and managing skin cancer webinar

Attendance to date

  • 92 (GI session)
  • 100 (Lung session)
  • 84 (Skin session)

The series continues through March, with webinars on diagnosing and managing cancers of unknown primary, and a discussion of one of the key ‘tools of the trade’ – communication. Register for your free place.

If you’ve missed any of the sessions so far, recordings are available at our YouTube channel. Here is the recording of the first session of the series, on diagnosing and managing GI cancers.

Diagnosing and managing GI cancers webinar

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