The Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon & Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance
The Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon & Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance is the forum to bring providers and commissioners together with patients, to co-design services to optimise pathways, ensure effective integration and address variation, and are the vehicle that leads the activity required at a local level to meet the 2023/24 ambitions set out by the Cancer Taskforce.
The Cancer Alliance puts clinical leaders across primary, secondary, and tertiary care in the driving seat for improving quality and outcomes across cancer pathways, based on shared data and metrics. Continuing to deliver the strategy and its programmes will require committed leadership, smart choices around investing to save, and a firm intent to try new approaches and test new models of care.
United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS)
UKONS are a Registered Charity (1136972) run voluntarily by cancer nurses for cancer nurses. UKONS was founded in 2005 and their vision is to: ‘Promote excellence in the nursing management and care of all those directly and indirectly affected by cancer in all four countries of the UK’.
UKONS work at both local and regional levels to ensure that UKONS is a voice for all cancer nurses across the UK. By engaging with the educational and developmental needs of their members they also play an advisory role in the development of cancer guidelines and policy.
British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA)
BOPA is the British Oncology Pharmacy Association, founded in the autumn of 1996 and grew out of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA).
The purpose of BOPA, which is a registered charity, is to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with cancer through education, communication, research and innovation by an alliance of hospital, community and academic pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, those in the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare professionals.
Nutritank connects and empowers like-minded people who want to learn to give more meaningful patient advice, by expanding their knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. They believe that information surrounding food, nutrition and lifestyle medicine should be understood so that it can be applied to benefit communities, patients and the wider society.
By working with medical schools, nutrition and dietetic organisations around the UK, Nutritank has evolved into an innovative information hub of food, nutrition and lifestyle medicine.
The Society for Integrative Oncology
The mission of the Society for Integrative Oncology is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
CanRehab is an internationally recognised specialist training company providing award winning , evidence-based education on exercise after a cancer diagnosis. Their programmes are designed to develop the skills of all individuals in the health, fitness and charity sector to help advise on the benefits of exercise to anyone with cancer. Specialised assessed training enables to health and exercise professionals to evaluate, risk assess, and provide safe effective and individualised exercise programmes specifically for those clients living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. As one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in our lifetime, this is more pressing than ever.
British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)
The College of Medicine
The College of Medicine advocate for a new attitude to healthcare: one which forges partnerships across society, emphasises prevention and a multi-faceted approach and empowers a healthier, happier population. They think everyone should be part of the conversation about health, not just a select professional elite.
Founded in 2010, they bring together the experience of senior healthcare professionals and scientists who know the NHS from the inside; the lateral thinking and enthusiasm of the many students associated with the College and – centrally – the powerful voice of all those who receive healthcare, and their carers.
RESEARCH COUNCIL FOR COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
PENNY BROHN UK
Penny Brohn recognise that all parts of ourselves – mind, body, spirit and emotions – are all closely connected and work together to support our immune system and its ability to keep us well.
The Minded Institute
Based in the UK, they provide:
- World-leading professional yoga therapy training
- Evidence-based training and professional development for yoga teachers, therapists, and healthcare professionals
- Workshops and lectures on yoga and mental health
- High-level research informing our training programs
- Lobbying for the inclusion of yoga and yoga therapy in the NHS
Yoga in Health Care Alliance (YIHA)
The Yoga in Health Care Alliance (YIHA) is a social enterprise that is enabling the UK National Health Service to provide yoga to its patients. They are also developing a model that can be used by other healthcare providers in the UK and internationally. There is significant robust evidence for yoga as an effective ‘mind-body’ medicine that can both prevent and manage chronic health issues and it also delivers significant cost savings to healthcare providers. Their first job is to enable the NHS and yoga teachers to work together effectively.
British Holistic Medical Association
The British Holistic Medical Association publishes think-pieces and shines a spotlight on innovative projects embracing holistic healthcare. Their vision is for a more sustainable, compassionate and ‘human’ approach to how mainstream medicine is delivered. They engage with doctors, nurses, carers, community groups and the public – by empowering those from the ground-up, they seek to stimulate whole system change.
Cancer Care Map
Cancer Care Map is an online resource to help people living with cancer find care and support services in their local area, anywhere in the UK.
People with cancer, their friends and family and healthcare professionals can search for any cancer-related service, free of charge. A team works to make sure the details are up to date.
EUROCAM is a European platform for organisations representing patients, medical doctors, veterinarians and practitioners in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine sector. The aim of EUROCAM is to promote the contribution of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to better health in Europe. The objective of EUROCAM is to promote and facilitate CAM’s role in enhancing and maintaining citizens’ health, highlighting health promotion as well as CAM’s contribution in preventative healthcare.
The Nutrition Collective
They want to make it easy for everyone to connect and learn from each other and those who can best support them. They follow this vision by hosting affordable CPD events for practitioners across the UK and Ireland.