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NHS England sets out plans to deliver world class cancer services

NEWS: On the 12th May 2016 NHS England set out its plans to deliver world class cancer services designed to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with and beyond cancer.

“Everyone who gets cancer is different. And the care and support they will need to live with a cancer diagnosis in a way that makes sense for their own life, particularly after treatment has finished, will be different. The Taskforce called for an acceleration of the commissioning and provision of services to support people affected by cancer to live as healthy and as happy lives as possible. Over the last few years, NHS England has been working with Macmillan Cancer Support to roll out the ‘Recovery Package’, which describes a set of actions that ensure that the individual needs of all people going through cancer treatment and beyond are met by tailored support and services. By working through a ‘Recovery Package’, patients and clinicians assess patients’ holistic needs and plan appropriately for their care and support, they ensure that a ‘treatment summary’ is sent between a patient’s hospital and their GP, that they are appropriately followed up by their GP, and can attend ‘health and wellbeing events’ for patients and carers. We have recently published guidance on the commissioning of these services to support people living with and beyond cancer. We will continue to support both STP footprints and CCGs to put this guidance into action. Clinical leaders and patients will drive improvements in care and support for people living with and beyond cancer through Cancer Alliances. We know that risk stratified follow-up pathways for breast cancer patients can not only improve care for patients after treatment, but create more efficient pathways in the NHS that can, for example, reduce unnecessary outpatient appointments. Through Cancer Alliances, we will support the spread of these pathways throughout the NHS and assess the role of commissioning incentives to drive implementation. We will work with Macmillan Cancer Support to agree an approach by March 2017 for collecting data on long-term quality of life so that it can be included in the Cancer Dashboard, with the aim that this will start conversations locally through Cancer Alliances about their performance and focus activity on better structuring pathways and services with patients to support their wider needs. Patient input into this work will be crucial. Next steps on improving the quality of end of life care will be set out in the Government’s response to the Choice Review.” 
Plans to deliver world class cancer services, NHS England, 12th May 2016

Read more about the NHS England plans here

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