Cancer Network

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the South West. The South West Cancer Network is responsible for working with providers, commissioners and other partners in the new NHS architecture to deliver patient focussed improvements in outcomes and experiences.

The national cancer strategy; Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes: A strategy for England 2015 – 2020 set an exciting vision for the transformation of cancer services to radically improve cancer outcomes and to ensure that patients can benefit from high quality modern services.

There are six major themes around how this will be achieved, spanning all partners involved in delivering cancer services locally. These are prevention and public health, early and earlier diagnosis, improving patient experience, support to patients living with and beyond cancer, high quality modern services and new approaches to the commissioning and provision of services.

Central to delivering this agenda are the Cancer Alliances, as the delivery vehicle for implementing the strategy, meeting the challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View and the local sustainability and transformation plan. During the course of 2017/18 the delivery of the cancer agenda will move across to the emerging Cancer Alliances in the South West and to reflect this our current programmes will work to support their local establishment.

The Cancer Alliances in the South West are as follows:

  • Peninsula (covering Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly)
  • SWAG (covering Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire)

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