Priorities for improving cancer care in England

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Date(s) - 13/07/2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for improving cancer services and outcomes in England.


Delegates will consider the impact of NHS England’s regional Cancer Alliances and the National Cancer Vanguard on the redesign of local cancer services and the implementation of further measures outlined in NHS England’s Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes five-year strategy and Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View.


They will also assess key issues for the Cancer Drugs Fund one year on from the introduction of the new system and the developing role of NICE in its operation.


Further sessions will address priorities for prevention, early diagnosis and increasing the uptake of screening programmes; the quality of life after treatment and improving the patient experience through the pathway; and the potential of new funding for radiotherapy to deliver better outcomes.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Progress on implementing the cancer strategy;
  • Priorities for prevention and increasing the uptake of screening programmes;
  • Aligning Cancer Alliances with Sustainability and Transformation Plans and progress on implementing the cancer strategy locally;
  • The National Cancer Vanguards: service redesign, reducing variation and improving the rates of earlier diagnosis and detection;
  • Enhancing the patient experience through the pathway: survivorship and quality of life;
  • The Accelerated Access Review: impact on targeted cancer drugs and advanced therapies;
  • Priorities for the pharmaceutical industry: research, financial risk and meeting patient demand; and
  • The progress of the Cancer Drugs Fund and the developing role of NICE.


The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Health Forum. Follow us @WHFEvents for live updates