We have been working hard on a number of transformation projects to improve Cancer outcomes in our area.

Jane Hawkard, Executive Lead - Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance

As the Executive lead for the Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance we have been working hard on a number of transformation projects to improve Cancer outcomes in our area. The main aspects and highlights are as follows:

  1. In Early Awareness and Diagnosis we are running a TV advertising campaign to combat smoking, starting this month. Don’t be the “one” as one in every two people who smoke will develop cancer.
  2. We are also helping our CCGs to roll out “FIT” tests to positively identify those at risk of bowel cancer.
  3. In our pathways work we are running 3 clinically led workshops in September and November to agree and develop consistently applied pathways (approaches) for treatment for Prostate, Lung and Colorectal cancers to help ensure everyone across our area can access the same level of treatment delivered in the most effective way.
  4. In our diagnostic work-stream we will be starting procurement for networked pathology and radiology systems in October. This networking will allow sharing of information across our region as well as allowing us to optimise the use of capacity.
  5. In terms of the “living with and beyond” cancer programme we have partnered with MacMillan and are rolling out improved care planning.

The Cancer Alliance is meeting with the national cancer team on 20th September to share our aspirations, achievements and asks of them.

Across our system we continue to strive to improve our performance against the 62 day cancer waiting times standard, so that more people receive the treatment they need quickly. This is dependent upon improved diagnostic capacity and increased workforce.

Finally, we are organising a clinical alliance “Facing the Future” event in October with senior clinicians and leaders across the Humber, Coast and Vale to agree a vision for the Cancer Alliance over the next 5 years to deliver our vision for cancer care and services. If you would like to find out more about the work we are doing, get in touch with the Cancer Alliance team.

Jane HawkardExecutive Lead, Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance

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