Liverpool Cancer Inequalities Research Network (LCIRN)
August 2018 - Liverpool City Council’s Inequalities in Bowel Cancer Screening Intervention is released
Download the Quantitative Evaluation Final Report
16th May 2017 – Age UK conference
Sue Povall has been invited to speak about LCIRN at the Age UK Mid Mersey’s Cancer in Later Life Conference: Tuesday 16th May 2017, 9.30-2.00pm at Halton Select Security Stadium, Widnes WA8 7DZ.
7th March 2017 – Presentation at Salford University Public Health Seminar Series
Sue Povall was invited to give a lunch time seminar on LCIRN as part of Salford University’s Public Health Seminar Series. This took place on Tuesday, 7th March 2017. Discussions after the presentation included the importance of social support for cancer patients, role models to help raise awareness of cancer screening and treatment, and the importance of hope in recovery. The seminar has led to the possibility of a return seminar in the Department of Public Health and Policy, Liverpool University
6th March 2017 - NHSA Meeting
The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) brings together universities and health organisations from across the north of England, encompassing eight cities. Its goal is to emphasise the strengths of the North and to ensure institutes within the North collaborate more effectively http://www.thenhsa.co.uk/
LCIRN is working with the NHSA and some of its partners to help focus research around cancer inequalities. A meeting was recently held between LCIRN, the NHSA, the University of York, and the University of Sheffield. All parties expressed interest in working together and future outcomes will be posted on the LCIRN website in due course.
February / April 2017 - Public Involvement Workshops
LCIRN was successful in obtaining funding from the Faculty Health and Life Sciences Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Grants Scheme 2016 – 2017. This funding has facilitated the formation of an LCIRN public engagement group, with help from Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG). The funding will be used for two half day focus groups in February and April 2017 to develop a mechanism for public engagement with and input into LCIRN.
January 2017 - Salt, CVD and Gastric Cancer paper published
Prof Martin O'Flaherty, a core member of LCIRN, has recently published an exciting article entitled “Estimated reductions in cardiovascular and gastric cancer disease burden through salt policies in England: an IMPACTNCD microsimulation study” http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/1/e013791
This paper investigates how existing and potential UK policies on salt reduction can and could prevent cardiovascular disease and gastric cancer. The study reports that existing policies have prevented/postponed 52,000 cases of cardiovascular disease and 5000 new cases of gastric cancer. However, it concludes that these policies are not currently effective in reducing socioeconomic inequalities for these diseases, but that future policies could address this.
2nd December 2017 - Cancer Alliance meeting
As a direct consequence of the LCIRN Symposium, we were invited to take part in the Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance meeting held on 2nd December 2016. Sue Povall attended, representing LCIRN. The meeting had the aims of developing the Alliance and building partnerships across Cheshire and Merseyside, and to inform the development of a delivery plan for the C&M Cancer Alliance.
November 2016 - Poster presentation at NCRI conference
Bilal Gani presented a poster titled “Socioeconomic Deprivation and the Burden of Head and Neck Cancer in Merseyside and Cheshire” at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool, 6-9 November, 2016. This presentation was based on work done in partnership with ChaMPs Public Health Collaborative, North West Cancer Research Centre – UoL, and LCIRN. Abstract is available here: http://www.ejso.com/article/S0748-7983(16)30791-0/abstract.
2nd November 2016 – Inaugural LCIRN Symposium
LCIRNs inaugural symposium was held on 2nd November 2016. It was a huge success and had a lot of media coverage including local radio stations and Bay TV.
The symposium was held at the North West Cancer Research Centre and brought together researchers, historians, clinicians, policy makers, charities, patients and members of the public. The event was praised for bringing such a dynamic variety of people together to discuss why Liverpool has some of the highest incidences and poorest outcomes from cancer, particularly in deprived areas. For more information, please see the ‘Symposia’ tab on the main LCIRN page.
1st November 2017 - Liverpool Vs Cancer: Dispelling Fear, Fatalism and Myths
Liverpool Vs Cancer: Dispelling Fear, Fatalism and Myths
Dr Bryony Parsons and Dr Jenna Kenyani have recently obtained some funding to explore whether people’s perceptions about cancer influence their decisions about cancer. The project also aims to look at dispelling myths about cancer, and to ultimately lead to an information outlet designed by the people of Liverpool, for the people of Liverpool.
The LCIRN public and patient involvement group have helped Bryony and Jenna design a questionnaire for the people of Liverpool. Questions will also focus on the communication side of cancer, and how this could be improved.
The researchers will be going to Northern, central and Southern parts of Liverpool to get different perspectives, and anyone who shows interest will then be invited to take part in the questionnaire which can also be accessed online in their own time.
If you’re over 18 years old, and live in either Cheshire or Merseyside, you can help us with our research by filling in an online version of the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LiverpoolVSCancer
All answers will be anonymous, and will help our researchers identify where we need to be focusing our future research.