ECCO seeks to promote policies to underpin the realisation of multidisciplinarity in cancer care, and to provide multidisciplinary responses to shape policymaking in common areas of concern across the cancer continuum.
Under the leadership of Prof. Peter Naredi, President-Elect, ECCO is working to define its oncopolicy agenda starting in 2016.
Through the Oncopolicy survey with member societies, we have been able to identify several key areas where they believe ECCO will have an important role to play in influencing policy. These include treatment and care matters, palliative care, organisation of cancer services, quality assurance and the oncology workforce.
A number of elements are important to ensure an optimal oncology workforce for Europe’s cancer patients, including a sufficient number of trained professionals, education and training of professionals and recognition of professional qualifications. The ECCO Board has thus created an oncopolicy workstream to tackle these issues, with the first area of focus likely to be the recognition of oncology nursing.
A second workstream is around quality assurance and organisation of cancer services, with issues to be tackled including multidisciplinarity, quality assurance and cancer registration, amongst others.
Depending on the specific issue, and whether ECCO Member Societies are undertaking initiatives in the area, ECCO will either lead on oncopolicy activities, provide support to one or more of it’s Member Societies or act as a coordination platform, ensuring no duplication or overlap of efforts between members.
An Oncopolicy Committee, responsible for proposing and implementing ECCO’s oncopolicy strategy, will be created. It will be composed of one representative from each Member Society willing to contribute to ECCO’s oncopolicy work and a patient representative from the PAC (PAC Chair or co-Chair). In the coming weeks, all Member Societies will be invited to assign one representative to this Committee. The first meeting of the Committee is expected to take place at the end of this year.