Survival rates for cancer in this country have never been higher, but there is more we can do to ensure patients are diagnosed early and to tackle variation in access to care and workforce.

The NHS is committed to improving the care, treatment and support for everyone diagnosed with cancer.

This includes taking specific steps to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with, and beyond the disease and investment in a high quality modern service

In the BOB STP area our objectives to help us deliver on improved care, treatment and support include:

  • achieving and maintaining the 62 cancer standard
  • reviewing system capacity (staffing and non-staffing)
  • increasing the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stage 1 and 2
  • reducing smoking prevalence
  • implementing the national best practice cancer pathways for lung, LGI and prostate

Early diagnosis : Vague Symptoms Multi-Disciplinary CentresWorking with stakeholders across the Thames Valley, a baseline assessment has been developed to help identify changes that need to be made to improve the SCAB pathway in Oxford

Early Diagnosis: Quality Improvement Scheme (QIS) for Primary Care A toolkit for primary care has been developed, in collaboration with local stakeholders, including those who have had cancer. This toolkit provides resources and information to support primary care teams to deliver the QIS, increase in screening uptake and two-week cancer detection.

Early Diagnosis: Pathway Redesign and Building Longer Term

Each Trust (hospital) has been requested to produce plans detailing the tasks and resources required to implement best practice pathways. They are also recruiting of Pathway Improvement Project Managers to help build capacity and resources within their hospitals. A process mapping workshop is under development with NHS Improvement.

Living with and beyond cancer (LWBC)

LWBC has continued to make good progress. Stakeholders have formed local delivery groups to define plans for delivery and reporting for the HNA and care plan, treatment summaries, cancer care reviews and health and well-being events.

Monitoring of progress towards achieving minimum standards has started with baseline reporting from each locality.

Stakeholder engagement and mapping started for Prostate Risk Stratified Follow-up Pathways.

LWBC leads liaising with ‘front end’ 62 day pathways workstream leads to avoid duplication and ensure the work dovetails.