NFGON Annual Conference
16th June 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland

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BGCS Conference 2016
2016 Conference Presentations
Broadcasting BRCA Web Conference
NFGON Conference Report
NFGON Bursary Winner
Photos from Conference 2016
Ask Eve
UCL Ovarian Cancer Survey
2016 Conference Programme
February 2016 Newsletter is here!

BGCS Conference 2016

BGCS – 12-13TH May 2016 – ICC Birmingham

-Natalie Percival, President National Forum Gynaecology Oncology Nurses

The ICC Birmingham this year hosted a fantastic BGCS conference attended by a worldwide audience with a passion for gynaecology. The scientific programme was jam packed and each speaker and session provided key learning elements for us to take back to our everyday practice. It was great to see the presentation on endometrial cancer by Emma Crosbie as this really brought home the importance of endometrial cancer which had previously been discussed by Lousie Wan and Pierre-Martin Hirsch at the NFGON conference the day prior to BGCS. It was exciting for me to hear Professor Iain McNeish’s talk on BRCA and his support for the role of the clinical nurse specialist, which I am sure you all know, is a topic that I am passionate about.

The exhibition stands and poster viewing areas were busy with delegates and industry and provided excellent points for discussion with other members of the conference. I was excited to see that our NFGON member Philppa Lloyd won 3rd prize for her poster presentation on Learning Disabilities and Gynaecological Cancer: Recommendations for Accessing Care and Treatment. This was an NFGON funded bursary for Philippa and highlights the important work that the nursing community provide to the large medical conferences.

The meeting also provided NFGON committee with an opportunity to discuss our next conference alongside the BGCS in Glasgow in 2017 and early talks were had about the integration of the NFGON conference and the BGCS conference to bring you the best possible agenda.

Tracie Miles and I are also on the scientific committee for BGSC 2018 which will be hosted in London. If there is anything you want to present or any specific agenda items you feel are paramount for the programme, then please do get in touch. As always there will be nursing bursaries available.

Broadcasting BRCA Web Conference

28th June, 6:00pm – 7.30pm
Transforming treatment in BRCAm ovarian tumours

A live studio panel will be discussing the advances in BRCA ovarian cancer and the impact of PARP inhibitors on current clinical practice. Learn from clinical experts and have your say by joining the discussion.

Register for the live, interactive web conference event at

Click here to learn more

NFGON Conference Report

Tracie Miles 1Congratulations to Nat for bringing the committee together with massive support from Catherine Spencer CNS in Birmingham to produce sell-out conference programme!

We enjoyed a multi-disciplinary mix of speakers, with Maureen Spinetto from the RCN starting the day bringing us up to date with NMC revalidation, an very welcome talk, busting some of the myths around the process, encouraging not yet in gear to get on with it (yes, myself included!).

“Team North” was well represented with talks on obesity in womb cancer from Dr Pierre Martin- Hirsch, a great scene setter for Dr Louise Tan to tell us about the important research priorities the Womb Cancer Alliance have identified. Prof Kinta Beaver continued the research theme entertaining us with “bench to bedside theories”. Surviving treatment, the concept of a specialist nurse team was brought to us from Hull by Sarah Guest with Lynn Holmes from Hull bringing us useful tips on surviving side effects from PARP inhibition.

From the South we heard about complementary survivorship and treatment support from Nicky Bancroft based at Penny Brohn in Bristol, a celebrated concept of care for many of our patients.

And finally from Nat and Tracie an update on BRCA testing, where we are now; moving on, but still it seems a long way to go!

Your feedback was very positive, we look forward to seeing you all again next year. Please do let any one of the committee know if you have a topic/talk/poster or anything else you would like to contribute to next year’s conference in Glasgow.

Trace Miles

NFGON Bursary Winner

In 2016 I was awarded the wonderful opportunity of being the recipient of a £200 NFGON bursary to attend the BGCS conference in Birmingham. This bursary was helpful as it reduced the costs of attending the conference as well provided some money toward travel to Birmingham. In order to be eligible for an NFGON bursary I was required to submit a poster or oral presentation to the BGCS. Initially I had thought that this would be a lot of work, but I had seen some posters the previous year and this had motivated me to do a poster this year on something interesting. I chose the topic ‘learning disabilities and gynaecological cancer’ and did this in collaboration with the learning disabilities lead for my trust. I ended up getting a third place prize for the poster!  The great thing about doing a poster is that you can also use it for educational events at your own hospital that promote good practice in nursing. It’s also something to add as an achievement in your appraisal and the revalidation process. It certainly raised the spotlight on gynaecological cancer and learning disabilities in our team. I’m grateful to the NFGON for awarding me the bursary.

Philippa Lloyd

Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Barts Health NHS Trust


Ask Eve

PrintAsk Eve is a new and unique information service from the UK’s gynaecological cancer charity, The Eve Appeal, which will offer nurse-led, specialist, evidence based advice and information to the general public who are either experiencing or are concerned about developing symptoms associated with gynaecological cancer as well as offering up-to-date information for health professionals.

It has been designed with the needs of women affected or worried about these cancers at its core and will be based around a confidential phone and email service and information provision through social media channels such as Twitter and an online health community – Health Unlocked. The phone and email service will offer the opportunity for users to have direct access with The Eve Appeal’s specialist gynaecological cancer nurse, Tracie Miles, who will be able to provide information and support on all five gynaecological cancers, and help women to ask and discuss questions about signs and symptoms, risk factors and related issues such as genetic testing.

In addition to this direct contact woman, their families and health care providers can access tailored specialist information provided in an accessible, easy-to-understand way through The Eve Appeal information pages as well as across social media channels.

How to contact AskEve

T: 0808 802 0019 (Please note that 0808 80 numbers are free to call from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.)




UCL Ovarian Cancer Survey

UCL are looking for General Practice Nurses and Cancer Nurse Specialists to take part in an anonymous online survey investigating healthcare professionals’ knowledge of ovarian cancer and views on genetic testing and risk stratification for ovarian cancer. This forms part of a larger research programme and your participation would be greatly appreciated.

Please follow the link for more information and to take part:

2016 Conference Programme

Venue: City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH

  • £25 NFGON member – SOLD OUT
  • £75 non-members – SOLD OUT (NFGON Membership costs £25. Click here to sign up)

The Conference programme is below:

09.30-09.40 – Registration and welcome
Natalie Percival, President NFGON and Advanced Nurse Practitioner, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

09.40-10.15 – NMC revalidation
Maureen Spinetto, Senior Officer, RCN

10.15-10.30 – United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) screening results
Dr Tracie Miles, NFGON committee and Lead Gynaecology Oncology Nurse Specialist, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust

10.30-11.00 – Implementing evidence in practice
Kinta Beaver – Professor of Cancer Care

11.00-11.30 – Coffee

11.30-12.15 – Obesity in Womb Cancer
Mr Pierre Martin-Hirsch – Royal Preston Hospital

12.15-12.45 – Health and Well Being Events
Nicky Bancroft, Senior Living Well Development Manager, Penny Brohn UK

12.45-13.15 – Survivorship
Clinical Nurse Specialist Survivorship Team, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

13.15-14.15 – Lunch

14.15-15.00 – Womb Cancer Alliance
Louise Wan – Welcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow

15.00-15.45 – PARP inhibitors and management of side effects
Lynne Holmes, NFGON committee and Gynaecology Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

15.45-16.00 – Coffee

16.00-16.45 – Mainstream BRCA update and Commissioning
Natalie Percival and Dr Tracie Miles

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