Global Patient Week

Patients are our purpose

global patient week

At Bristol Myers Squibb, the stories of our patients and their caregivers inspire and motivate us each day to work smarter and faster to find innovative solutions. Our week-long patient celebration allows us to pause to celebrate and honour our patients and remind employees of our focus on patients. It also allows us to reconnect with our mission - to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.

BMS UK&I 2021 Patient Week Activities

We know that improving the lives of patients is the ultimate motivation for many people who work at BMS. To celebrate our 7th annual Global Patient Week, the BMS UK&I team will be hearing from inspiring patients and learning about their experiences!

We will also be joining our colleagues from around the world in an educational series’ to further develop our understanding of the patient experience, hear how each team contributes to transforming patients’ lives through science, as well as taking part in community events where BMS employees will contribute to charitable causes.

“At BMS, we're a team of creative thinkers motivated by the practical application of our work; we’re innovators unafraid to step into uncharted territory. Global Patient Week offers our employees the opportunity to meet and hear first-hand from patients about their experiences and learn about their perspectives on disease and treatment. Ultimately, it allows us to celebrate the work we do, reminds us why our work is so important and inspires us to keep driving forward for change.” Scott Cooke, General Manager, UK & Ireland at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Our ‘Patients First’ Promise

BMS is working to empower all people with cancer to have a better future and we believe that advancing care is as much about improving quality of life, as it is extending life. Every day, each of us works to improve outcomes for patients fighting serious diseases. We are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion throughout our company and within our clinical trials. Together, we're building a better future for each other and the patients who need us most.

“Patients are very much at the heart of what we do. Through our patient support partnerships, we continue to address areas of unmet need, raise awareness of recommendations, and increase the quality and access to care for cancer patients in the UK and Ireland.” Hubert Bland, Executive Medical Director, UK & Ireland at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Some of our collaborative efforts include:

  • Our Head and Neck Cancer report and survey, Beyond Clinical Outcomes, informed us that returning to work is one of the biggest points of concern for many Head and Neck Cancer patients. In July, we launched a Back-to-Work Guide for Head and Neck Cancer patients in collaboration with The Swallows, The Mouth Cancer Foundation, Working With Cancer and Salivary Gland Cancer UK, intended to increase the confidence of patients when considering returning to work
  • We launched the Have A Chat campaign with Campaign to End Loneliness, with the aim of raising awareness of the powerful impact that having a chat and making connections can have to tackle loneliness, and especially to inspire people to check-in with those around them during the COVID-19 lockdown measures
  • In 2020, we made grants and donations worth over £2 million to NHS cancer services, charities and patient groups affected by COVID-19 across the UK and Ireland

Through meaningful collaborations we continue to put patients first and work to empower all people with cancer to have a better future.

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Date of preparation: September 2021