What should the NHS focus on in the long-term plan?
Our latest report, One Size Doesn’t Fit All: why we need to make cancer care in the NHS more personal, reflects on a collection of personal stories from people affected by cancer about being diagnosed and treated in the NHS today. The report also outlines our priorities for the new long-term funding settlement highlighting the areas where there is still work to do to ensure the NHS in England can deliver better coordinated, personalised and world-class cancer care.
Some of the changes we want to see include:
- More focus on the non-clinical outcomes, such as quality of life, patient experience and the emotional consequences of receiving a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
- Effective integration and coordination of services across and between health and social care settings. These must ensure everyone is given all the information and support they need about their cancer journey.
- An urgent focus on supporting the development and growth of the workforce, including initiatives to increase the number of cancer nurse specialists to meet current and future demand.