The Big C

“clinical progress, insurance provision and the patient’s perspective”

Council Chamber, City Chambers

We are pleased to announce that the next meeting of FOCUS will be held on Tuesday 19 June 2012 at the Council Chamber room at City Chambers in Edinburgh (253 High Street, EH1 1YJ). Click here for map.

This is a particularly exciting event because not only are we holding an extended event kicking off in the afternoon but we’re bringing this to you as a joint event with the Health Claims Forum (HCF). This offers fantastic opportunities for claims assessors and underwriters to share experiences and for each discipline to learn from the other.

The event is aimed at claims assessors and underwriters and the main focus will be on oncology in the afternoon with a neurology demonstration in the evening.


Dr Ian Cox
Dr Ian Cox

The first presentation of the afternoon will be from Dr Ian Cox, CMO of GenRe on the early detection of cancer. This session will look at: up to date information on diagnostic techniques and prevention, including the current position on screening programmes and their impact on patients. We will also look at improved practices and technologies to make testing less invasive.

Peter Banthorpe & Yunus Piperdy
Peter Banthorpe and Yunus Piperdy

“The Changing CI Proposition” by Peter Banthorpe, Actuarial Research Manager and Yunus Piperdy Underwriting Research and Development Manager, both at RGA. Peter and Pip will discuss the changing face of the CI proposition including the design and impact of new CI definitions in terms of research, pricing, definition construction, partial payment ideology and what it all means for underwriters and claims assessors.

Prof Robert Rubens
Professor Robert Rubens

Professor Robert Rubens, Chief Medical Officer to Swiss Re, will be discussing the problematic areas of assessment for cancer claims when applying the critical illness definition. He will talk us through the transition from a pre-malignant condition to an established cancer, discuss if a neoplasm is benign or malignant and how to tell if invasion has occurred with particular reference to carcinoma, sarcoma, leukaemia and lymphoma.

Dr Andreas Armuss
Dr Andreas Armuss

Dr Andreas Armuss, Medical Consultant at Munich Re, will talk us through advances in treatment of cancers and the impact on mortality rates. We will discuss the underwriting of late residual mortality risks for people diagnosed decades ago and if we can be more generous than we have previously been with some cancers.

Cancer was the main reason terminal illness benefit was included on policies but how have things evolved? We explore if cancer could now be regarded as a chronic condition rather than terminal; whilst looking at the factors assessors should consider on claims that now rarely meet policy criteria purely on just a diagnosis.


The final oncology session of the afternoon moves away from the scientific and focuses on the human side of illness with thought provoking and insightful testimonies from cancer patients, Shirley and Alister. They have generously offered to share with us their own experience of being diagnosed and treated for breast and prostate cancer respectively and their experience of health insurance. As claims assessors and underwriters, it is an opportunity for us to look beyond the application or claim form at the human experience behind the condition.


Dr Chris Derry

For the evening event, we are delighted to have Dr Chris Derry, Consultant Neurologist at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. His presentation “A neurological review” will be an interactive session with Dr Derry performing a typical neurological examination and discussing the key indicators and tests used in the diagnosis of a neurological disorder.

The presentation is intended to bring to life some of the key elements of the review process and will be of interest to both underwriting and claims.



roulette wheelFollowing the neurology presentation we will retire to the European Room where Medicals Direct Group have generously offered to sponsor a casino themed evening. A licensed bar will be available and if not playing the tables you’ll have plenty of opportunity to socialise.

Cost and joining instructions

£70.00 pounds per person – full day.

£40.00 per person – 5.00PM onwards – dinner, neurology presentation and entertainment. (please arrive prior to 5.00PM)

Please download the booking form, complete it and send along with your cheque to:

Linda McWIlliams, Bright Grey, Underwriting, 2 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1BG

Alternatively you can pay by BACs using the following details. Please use an obvious reference so we know where the money originates from. 

Bank: Royal Bank Of Scotland 
Sort Code: 83 06 08
Account No: 21422846
Account name: Forum Of Claims and Underwriting Scotland


Meeting Agenda

12:30 Arrival with refreshments

12:50 Welcome from Health Claims Forum and Focus

13:00 The early detection of cancer (Dr Ian Cox, GenRe CMO)

13:45 The changing CI proposition (Peter Banthorpe, Actuarial Research Manager and Yunus Piperdy Underwriting Research and Development Manager, both at RGA)

14:30 Break

14:45 Problem areas for CI claims (Professor Robert Rubens, Swiss Re CMO)

15:30 Advances in treatment (Dr Andreas Armuss, Medical Consultant at Munich Re)

16:15 Patient testimonies

17:00 Dinner (hot forked buffet)

18:00 A Neurological Review (Dr Chris Derry, Consultant Neurologist at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh)


FOCUS and the HCF are both really excited about this special event and hope to see as many of you on the 19th June as possible.


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