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Programme & Meeting Information

14th & 15th June 2018, Liverpool

Location: ACC Liverpool
Dates: Thursday 14th & Friday 15th June 2018


Day 1 Draft Programme 04.06.18

Day 2 Draft Programme 04.06.18

Please visit the speakers page for further details of the speakers and chairs


The programme has been designed and developed solely by the UK Oncology Forum Faculty. No sponsors have had any input or influence over the programme design or speaker choices. This meeting is for UK Oncology Healthcare Professionals only.

The meeting will run strictly in accordance to the ABPI Code of Practice. The varying sponsorships packages are primarily for the purchase of promotional exhibition stand space.

No spouses/partners can accompany you to the UK Oncology Forum 2018.


This meeting is only available to UK Cancer Health Care Professionals.


Please arrange your own travel to and from the conference. Travel cannot be supported.


We are delighted to be holding the 12th Annual UK Oncology Forum at ACC Liverpool. Please see below for directions.

ACC Liverpool
Kings Dock
L3 4FP

Website : http://www.accliverpool.com/

ACC Liverpool is an award-winning venue, voted Best UK Conference Centre four years running - 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Located on the banks of the River Mersey in the heart of the city

Please can you arrive at ACC Liverpool no later than 12:30hrs on Thursday 14th June 2018


On arrival to the ACC Liverpool please go to the UK Oncology Forum Registration desk where you will be allocated your information pack and access badge/pass.


Cancellations must be received to lisa@athenameetings.com by the Thursday 17th May 2018. Any cancellations after this date you will be subject to the following fees - Accommodation & subsistence - £225.00


CPD points have been applied for. To receive your certificate, you will need to complete the evaluation form on Survey Monkey (survey monkey link will be sent to you via email). You will then receive your CPD certificate 8 weeks after the event via email.


The UK Oncology Forum Faculty would like to thank all the sponsors and exhibitors and encourage all attendees to please visit the exhibition area.


Thursday 14th June 2018
12.00hrs - 13.00hrs
14:00hrs - 14:25hrs

Friday 15th June 2018

07.45hrs – 08.30hrs
10:35hrs – 11:25hrs
13.15hrs – 14.15hrs

Industry and Charity FREE Workshop

(available for all charity and industry colleagues only)

Friday 15th June 09:30am ~ 10:30am
Dr Elaine Vickers, www.sciencecommunicated.co.uk
A beginner's guide to cancer biology - Elaine will help you get to grips with a whole heap of ideas and terminology. She'll cover topics such as the hallmarks of cancer cells, the cancer microenvironment, intratumoural heterogeneity and the evolution of cancer, the importance of cancer stem cells, and the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition.

HCP Optional FREE Workshop

(available to all attendees)

Friday 15th June 1:30pm ~ 2:30pm
Dr Elaine Vickers, www.sciencecommunicated.co.u
Immunotherapy for common cancers: Elaine will explain many of the key concepts that underpin cancer immunotherapy, and discuss which types of immunotherapy hold the greatest potential to improve the lives of people with lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer.



Athena have pre-booked hotel rooms. Attendees that are NOT local, will be supported with accommodation and subsistence and this will be arranged and paid for on your behalf. We have a limited amount of accommodation available this will be offered on a “first come, first served” basis.

You will be notified of your allocated accommodation 6 weeks prior to the meeting. All accommodation provided is within walking distance to the ACC Liverpool.

Please note you will not be able to check-in to your accommodation until after DAY ONE of the meeting concludes. The ACC will be able to store your luggage. Further details will be provided on your allocation of keys.


Business casual for the whole of the meeting.


The clinical stream chairs have nominated a charity of their choice to have the opportunity to exhibit at the Oncology Forum. By attending the Oncology Forum this provides the charities a platform to showcase their patient support programmes and research projects, to cancer healthcare professionals. The Oncology Forum Faculty are proud to offer FREE exhibition space to charities that support patients. “Working TOGETHER, Working for Patients”.


The UK Oncology Forum Faculty have offered FREE meeting space and support to other cancer organisations that are committed to the continued education of healthcare professionals. We are delighted to welcome and include our colleagues from the following organisations: The ACP, BOPA, UKONS, and UKOMiC. These groups will be holding meetings ahead of the conference and ALL their members will attend Day One of the meeting.

If you are attending any of the fringe meetings for further details, please go to the Cancer Collaboration & Fringe Meeting page.

Dr Elaine Vickers Biography

Dr Elaine Vickers has worked as a science educator and writer for over fifteen years. Since setting up her company, Science Communicated Ltd (www.sciencecommunicated.co.uk), she has created numerous study days and modules that explain the science behind targeted cancer treatments. Each year, she teaches hundreds of cancer nurses, doctors and clinical research staff in hospitals and research centres throughout the UK. Elaine has a degree in Medical Science from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester. Her goal is to unravel the complexities of cancer biology and new cancer treatments, and to make these topics interesting and accessible to non-scientists. Her first book, “A beginner’s guide to targeted cancer treatments” is due out this year.


Klik Badge
Digital wireless badges colour coded to reflect the clinical streams– see below.
This year we see the introduction of a new, innovative, digital badge system.

Your badges will be scanned to all sessions and we will receive valuable reports and statistics via this system.

IMPORTANT ~ you will be receiving a notification from Klik (support@klik.com). Please do not ignore. This email will provide instructions on how to download the app to your mobile device prior to the meeting.

CME ACCREDITATION (your certificates of attendance for revalidation, internal review etc) Medical Educational Meetings – are obliged to produce evaluation reports and measure the education shared with healthcare professionals. Through the new badge device, we will be gaining feedback/evaluation for all the sessions.

The Faculty will ONLY award certificates to attendees that evaluate the meeting and attend ALL the sessions.


Work Streams Meeting Room
Registration/Charity Corner First Floor Foyer
Exhibition/Coffee Breaks/Buffet Standing Meeting Room 3 (A+B)
Plenary Meeting Room Tiered Auditorium (Hall 1A)
Breast Tiered Auditorium (Hall 1A)
Gynaecology Room 13
Delivering Care (UKONS) Pullman Hotel Meeting Room
Lower GI Room 1B
Lung Room 1C
Melanoma Room 11A
Prostate Room 12
Radiotherapy Room 11B
Upper GI Room 4B


Dinner will be served in Hall 2, ACC Liverpool on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 20:00hrs. Please note no alcohol will be served with your dinner. If you require any beverages you will be charged for these at the dinner.

19:45hrs Arrive for dinner
20:00hrs Launch of CODE ~ Professor Mick Peake
22:30hrs Dinner concludes (approx)

The Collaboration for Oncology Data in Europe (CODE) is a broad collaboration which aims to significantly expand knowledge of anti-cancer medicines use in Europe by supporting the development of an Oncology Data Network (ODN).

The ODN has been designed to collate anti-cancer medicine usage data for all forms of cancer, all patients and all treatment centres in Europe who wish to join.

The aim is to scale to work with an estimated 2,000 treatment centres over the next 10 years.

For more information on CODE and the ODN, please visit


Security cameras are provided in certain areas as a deterrent to crime. 24/7 manned Security on site.


Public free WIFI is available


Whilst adequate security is provided at the venue, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your belongings and you are advised not to leave any valuable articles unattended at any time.

The organisers and venue landlords will not accept responsibility for the safety of your belongings.


We are delighted to be holding the 12th Annual UK Oncology Forum at ACC Liverpool.
ACC Liverpool
Kings Dock
L3 4FP

ACC Liverpool is an award-winning venue, voted Best UK Conference Centre four years running - 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Located on the banks of the River Mersey in the heart of the city

Getting there
  -  2 hours 8 minutes from London
  -  Liverpool Lime Street, the city’s main station, is 20 minutes walk away or a short taxi ride
  -  Direct connections to all major UK city’s
  -  As well as our 1,600 space onsite car park
  -  Well connected to the UK’s motorways system via M62, M57, M53, M58 and M56
  -  Liverpool John Lennon Airport (20 minutes from city centre) and Manchester Airport (45 minutes away) provides great global access


Athena Meetings and Events are a medical events agency and secretariat, that support global cancer meetings, cancer organisations and the pharmaceutical sector to deliver seamless, high quality educational meetings. Athena are proud of their high reputation within the medical meetings space and with the cancer healthcare professionals across the globe, that they work closely with.

Athena Meetings & Events provides full secretariat support to the UK Oncology Forum annual meeting.

Over 20 Years of consistently delivering excellence in client service.

Athena Meetings & Events
The Science Park Building 23, Room 23S55
Mereside, Alderley Park
Alderley Edge, Cheshire
SK10 4TG

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Contact: enquires@athenameetings.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 1625 238711


Take the Train

Please note Liverpool Lime Street – Major Upgrade Phase 2 - 2 June to 29 July 2018

If you are travelling by train, please be aware Liverpool Lime Street is having renovations from 2 June to 29 July 2018 as part of the second and final major upgrade phase to the station which will include full and partial closure of lines into the station.

An alternative transport plan for affected passengers has been developed by operators Merseyrail and will involve keeping people on the rail network wherever possible by diverting many mainline services to alternative nearby station Liverpool South Parkway where passengers can change to the Merseyrail network for a train into Liverpool City Centre (approximately a ten-minute journey).

Passengers are advised to book transport though their usual providers and are advised to check changes to journey times up to a month before, in the run up to and just before travel as they may change. Passengers should also be advised to select ‘Liverpool all stations’ when purchasing tickets. Advice for all journeys is available here www.networkrail.co.uk/lcr

The message to is very much that the Liverpool City Region remains open for business. You can still get where you want to go, but we advise you to plan and allow more time for journeys.
Just a short taxi- or bus-ride away from Liverpool Lime Street station, ACC Liverpool is just over two hours from London via direct train services. Regional and local rail connections bring us within easy reach of the North West and nearby regions. Virgin Trains operates hourly, direct services from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street (with a journey time of just over two hours).

Other long-distance rail services also operate into Liverpool Lime Street station. ACC Liverpool is a 20-minute walk from Lime Street or a short taxi ride. You can also transfer at Lime Street onto the underground Wirral Line trains to James Street station (10-minute walk) or catch the CityLink bus which runs every 12 minutes as a circular service around the city centre and stops at both Liverpool Lime Street and ACC Liverpool. If travelling from outside Merseyside, you can catch an underground train to James Street station from Lime Street, inclusive in the cost of your ticket.

Ring Traveline on 0151 236 7676 for up-to-date information about your bus, train or ferry service. The Traveline is open from 8am – 8pm every day of the week.


The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is adjacent to ACC Liverpool and features 1,600 secure, covered spaces. There are plenty of parking alternatives within five minutes’ walk, too.

Address: Monarchs Quay, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP.

There are a number of secure, inexpensive car parking options available for visitors to ACC Liverpool. The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted “Waterfront” on the city-wide “available parking spaces” signage. They usually offer live updates as to the number of available spaces. Fees operate on a sliding scale as follows:
£2 for up to 1 hour
£5 for up to 2 hours
£7 for up to 5 hours
£10 for up to 9 hours
£15 for up to 24 hours

Alternative car parking is available just five minutes’ walk away, with 3,000 spaces spread across three separate sites. Many car parks are secure and open 24 hours.

There is a maximum 2.1m maximum vehicle height for Liverpool Waterfront Car Park.

Take the Bus

ACC Liverpool is just five minutes’ walk from the Liverpool ONE retail development bus station, which also has long distance coach services.

Local services connect to a shuttle bus service. For door-to-door service, we offer drop-off areas and dedicated coach parking right next door.

Come by Car

Less than 20 minutes from the UK motorway network and adjacent to Liverpool’s main through road, ACC Liverpool is perfectly placed if arriving by car

From The South
Approaching from the south, leave the M6 at junction 21A and take the M62 to Liverpool. At the end of the M62 follow signs for Liverpool City Centre along Edge Lane, picking up and following signs for The Waterfront. The Liverpool Waterfront Car Park is signposted 'Waterfront' on the city wide 'available spaces' signage

From the North
Approaching from the north, leave the M6 at junction 26 and follow signs for M58 Liverpool. Follow to the end of the M58 and then take signs for A59 Liverpool. Continue to follow Liverpool City Centre until picking up signs for the Waterfront.

Walk or Cycle

Cycle parking is located in the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park.

A number of cycle routes enable cyclists to easily get around Liverpool and visit ACC Liverpool by bicycle. You can find out more about the routes available from Liverpool City Council’s website. You can take your bike for free on ferries and trains in Merseyside, though remember it's busy in peak hours. Most stations have free, secure cycle storage too. ACC Liverpool has its own secure cycle parking.

Citybike, run by Liverpool City Council, is the largest public bicycle scheme outside of London offering over 100 stations across the city centre. Tariff packages are available from £3 per day, and stations are available at ACC Liverpool as well as Lime Street andacross the city centre and waterfront areas.

Walking in Liverpool city centre is an enjoyable experience, not least because it’s the best way to experience the life, architecture and friendly nature of its people. Pedestrianised areas around Liverpool ONE link to the wide Waterfront boulevard, the docks and ACC Liverpool.

Fly to Liverpool

Liverpool John Lennon Airport features low-cost and charter flights to domestic, European and International destinations. Manchester Airport, just 45 minutes away, brings even more domestic and international destinations within reach.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) is one of the UK’s top 10 busiest airports and handled over 4.5 million passengers in 2012. Passenger numbers have increased ten-fold since the mid-1990s. It features flights to approximately 75 destinations in the UK and across Europe.

Airlines at JLA include two of Europe’s largest low cost airlines, easyJet and Ryanair, both of whom have large bases at JLA. A taxi from the airport to the city centre will take approximately 20 minutes or the express bus service Route 500 will take approximately 25 minutes, dropping you off within a five-minute walk of ACC Liverpool. If you prefer, we can arrange private transfers for you.

Just 45 minutes’ away via the motorway network, Manchester Airport has an even more extensive network of flights, with long haul destinations including America and the Far East served with direct flights. Once again, we can arrange private transfers for you.