Up to 90 per cent of women will survive ovarian cancer for five years or more when diagnosed at the earliest stage of the disease. Thanks to your support we are able to work closely with GPs and GP practice nurses to ensure that they are doing the best they can for women with ovarian cancer - and those yet to be diagnosed.
GPs and GP practice nurses must keep their clinical knowledge and skills up to date to show that they have the expertise and qualifications to do their job. Healthcare education conferences are a great way of doing this. This autumn we made sure ovarian cancer was high on the agenda for GPs and and GP practice nurses attending one of the UK’s biggest healthcare education conferences - Best Practice 2017. The conference was attended by over 5,000 professionals and key people to help push for earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer awareness is key
We wanted to engage with as many people as possible at the conference to raise awareness of how ovarian cancer is diagnosed. To do this we sponsored a seminar session on ovarian cancer, held an exhibition stand to promote our online eLearning modules and GP toolkit, and gave every delegate our new GP practice nurse leaflet. All of which were a huge success!
Our ovarian cancer seminar session was full to capacity with many delegates choosing to stand so not to miss the opportunity to update their knowledge. Dr Victoria Barber, GP from Northamptonshire and long-standing ovarian cancer campaigner, gave a talk to discuss symptoms, risk factors including family history, and how to use a CA125 blood test and ultrasound scans to start the process of diagnosing or ruling out ovarian cancer.
Events like Best Practice and Best Practice in Nursing are a fantastic opportunity for us to have face-to-face contact with GPs and GP practice nurses and talk to them about the challenges they face in primary care. Our new GP practice nurse leaflet was developed as a direct result of feedback we received from nurses at previous Best Practice events.
Every conference delegate got a copy of our GP practice nurse leaflet in their delegate bag. We had over 500 visitors to our exhibition stand and most took away resources from our GP toolkit, meaning they now have better knowledge of ovarian cancer and are more likely to be able to spot symptoms of the disease and risk factors.
Our GP Nurse Leaflet and GP toolkit can be ordered by visiting targetovariancancer.org.uk/toolkit