A Strategy for Cancer
Macmillan is working on a new independent taskforce, which will develop a new cancer strategy for the NHS and help improve survival rates and the experiences of people affected by cancer.
What will the new strategy cover?
The Taskforce has been asked by NHS England to deliver the vision it set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The Five Year Forward view sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. It includes three main calls for cancer care:
better treatment, care and aftercare for all those diagnosed with cancer.
In order to deliver in these areas, it is likely that the strategy will include recommendations on how to improve the prevention of cancer, as well as what people can expect from their first contact with services, diagnosis and treatment. It is also likely to touch on support for those living with and beyond cancer and end-of-life care. We also want to ensure that it also includes ideas for how cancer services can develop and remain innovative in future.
The Taskforce will publish a letter of intent by March, and produce the full five year cancer strategy by summer 2015.
Who else will contribute to the strategy?
For the new strategy to be effective, it is crucial that many different experts from across the health care system are engaged and involved.
Macmillan is represented on the Taskforce by Juliet Bouverie, our Director of Services and Influencing, and we will also provide support to the strategy’s Secretariat.
The Taskforce is Chaired by Harpal Kumar, the Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, and also has members from Royal Colleges, the Department of Health, NHS England, Health Education England and several hospitals and CCGs. See a full list of representatives.
The Taskforce also has one patient representative, but there are others ways for you to get involved.
Juliet Bouverie, Director of Services and Influencing at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'With 2.5 million people now living with cancer, and numbers set to rise, getting cancer care right has never been more important. This Taskforce shows real commitment from NHS England to make early diagnosis and improved cancer survival rates a strategic priority for the NHS. Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the opportunity to be at the forefront of developing this vision for cancer services.'
How can I get involved?
If you have an interest in improving cancer services, the Taskforce would be interested in hearing from you. They are currently gathering responses to the following questions:
What is the commitment that you would like to see in a new cancer strategy that would significantly improve cancer services for patients and the health of the public, referencing any relevant evidence and costing information?
Could you give an example of good practice in cancer services that you would like to see replicated across the country?
What do you think is the biggest barrier to improving cancer services?
If you would like to answer any of these questions, then please send your response in an email to email@example.com by Friday 27th February 2015.
This will not be your only chance to contribute to the strategy as the Taskforce will also be holding meetings to engage with people with cancer, and a range of other experts, across the country.
Macmillan will also be holding interactive events to enable as many people as possible to tell us about what they would like us to feed into the strategy. If you would be interested in taking part in these events then please do keep checking back on this page.
This is not the first time that a cancer strategy has been produced with the aim of improving services for people with cancer. Find out about the previous Cancer Strategy.