Launching the NCRI strategy in style
On Tuesday 25 April, the NCRI formally launched its new five year strategy with a reception at the House of Lords. The event, attended by our Partners, Trustees, collaborators and a number of MPs and Peers from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC), highlighted the value and importance of partnership working, and the high level of commitment, at a national level, for the work of the NCRI.
The Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chair of the NCRI, welcomed guests and reminded them of the great strides that have been made in recent decades in diagnosis, treatments and care for those affected by cancer, and the vital role that research has played in this progress.
Delyth outlined the NCRI’s history and purpose which is to improve health and quality of life by accelerating progress in cancer-related research through collaboration and illustrated the impact that the NCRI has had through collaboration. Examples include the increase in number of people participating in cancer clinical trials and the benefits that this brings to them. One in five people affected by cancer in the UK are now involved in clinical studies and 70% of people involved are on a trial that has been developed or reviewed by an NCRI clinical studies group.
Karen Kennedy, NCRI Director joined Delyth in welcoming guests and reiterated that collaboration is vital to addressing the vast challenges that cancer presents. She gave the audience an insight into the scale of the NCRI endeavors, saying that together with the annual Cancer Conference which is the UK’s largest, the NCRI convenes over 250 meetings a year that bring together the right people to ensure a coordinated portfolio of research, to identify gaps and address challenges and to ensure that research is high quality and relevant. She also explained that NCRI involves people affected by cancer at all stages of its work, and at any one time, up to a hundred people affected by cancer are contributing to research development through NCRI activities.
Karen then went on to introduce Richard Stephens, Chair of the NCRI Consumer Forum. Richard, a former cancer patient who has been involved in NCRI activities since it was founded in 2001, thanked the NCRI for recognising the importance of patient involvement in research, and explained why NCRI refers to its patient experts as ‘Consumers’. He explained how he views research as ‘the product’ that can be improved by listening to its ‘Consumers’.
Guests went on to enjoy a networking reception in the grandeur of the House of Lords with views over the River Thames.