South West Cancer Alliances’ Patient and Public Engagement Event – 28 July 2017

Thank you to all of those who attended and supported the South West Cancer Alliances’ Patient and Public Engagement Event which was held on 28th July 2017 at Taunton Rugby FC. It was great to see patients, the public and health professionals join together for the day to discuss cancer services and support in the South West.

A copy of the agenda and the presentation can be viewed here:

South West’s Cancer Alliances’ Patient and Public Engagement Event_AGENDA
Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes_Presented by John Renninson (Peninsula Clinical Lead)
Wessex Voices – Sharing Our Approach_Presented by Sue Newell (Wessex Voices Project Lead)

Early Diagnosis of Cancer_Presented by Amelia Randle (SWAG Clinical Lead)
The Value of Patient and Public Engagement_Presented by Lynne Kilner (Programme Manager for Peninsula Cancer Alliance)

We also had a presentation from Emma Ryan (Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Project Manager) on the subject of Improving the Quality of Life After Treatment. Please click here for a copy of the ‘Health and Wellbeing Wheel’ that Emma referenced in her talk.

Notes from the room, for the breakout sessions in the afternoon can be found here:
Breakout sessions – notes from the room!

The overall feedback from the event, can be found here:
South West Cancer Alliances’ PPE Event 28 July 2017 – Event Feedback


Commissioning the Best Cancer Pathways – 9 December 2014

On 9 December 2014, the South West Strategic Clinical Cancer Network held an event presenting examples of excellent cancer pathways from across the South West and England. The objective of the event was to show these pathways to enable and support local CCGs to commission the most innovative and effective pathways.

The presentations given at the event are listed below:

Commissioning Cancer Pathways Event Agenda
Breast Cancer Risk Stratified pathway – Dorothy Goddard
Colorectal 2ww pathway presentation – Emma Wheatfill
SW Colorectal Diagnostic Pathway Project Presentation – Mark Rawles
Diagnosing Cancer Earlier – Peter Duffy


Cancer Waits – 14 November 2014

Treating Cancer patients quickly is part of the NHS Constitution. Since early in 2014 hospitals across England have been under pressure to achieve the nationally agreed standard to treat patients within 62 days being urgently referred by their GP. Providers and commissions across the South West met up on the 14 November to agree how we can support providers to meet this standard. The agenda, presentations and agreed actions are here.

Cancer Waits – Delivering the Mandate Agenda 14 Nov
Regional Support for CCGs – Nigel Acheson
Cancer Waits – The Approach in the South West – Jon Miller
Cancer Waits Delivering the NHS Mandate – Helen Thomas
Delivering 62 days in a Complex Landscape, Larger Provider – Hannah Marder
Delivering 62 days in a Complex Landscape, Smaller Provider – Teresa Coombes
Cancer Waits – Delivering the Mandate Output v2


South West Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2014

NHS England, NHS Improving Quality and Macmillan Cancer Support are inviting commissioners to participate in 4 regional learning events to explore and share how best to present and use data from the Cancer Patient Experience Survey, in order to improve patient experience.

The first event was held in Taunton on the 24th November, in partnership with the South West Strategic Clinical Network. A range of commissioners, providers and patient representatives attended to discuss the survey and how patient experience data can drive improvements in cancer care. Below are the presentations from the day.

Cancer Patient Experience Survey Event

In early 2015 the findings from all 4 events will be collated and shared with attendees. This will inform the content, presentation, delivery and publication of the 2015/16 CPES.


NHS England – South

Commissioning Toolkit for Cancer: Advice to support commissioners to achieve improvements in cancer services

  • This toolkit aims to support CCGs and NHS England with securing improvements in cancer services – ensuring that patients are seen as quickly as possible (compliance with cancer performance standards) and with achieving the best possible outcomes for cancer patients.
  • It brings together key pieces of work by a Group set up by NHS England (South region) during July, August and September 2014. A full list of contributors is set out at the end of the document.
  • This toolkit is still draft and subject to revision. Please click this link to view the toolkit. Cancer Toolkit v6 141111 – draft


Audit of Patients Diagnosed with Cancer following and Emergency Admission

To read a comprehensive report detailing the results of the audit and proposed actions resulting from the findings click here – See more at:
To read a comprehensive report detailing the results of the audit and proposed actions resulting from the findings click here – See more at:

Currently 48% of cancers in the South West are diagnosed early (stage 1 or 2). However, a quarter of cancer patients are diagnosed following an emergency admission to hospital and go on to have poorer outcomes than those who are diagnosed during an earlier stage of their illness.

To read a comprehensive report detailing the results of the audit and proposed actions resulting from the findings click here


Cancer Baseline Assessment

The South West Cancer Network carried out a baseline assessment in August 2013. The current position for cancer and cancer services was been assessed in the following areas:

  • Overall indicators on incidence and mortality & early death
  • Early Diagnosis Indicators
  • Quality of cancer treatment and patient experience of cancer
  • Survivorship Indicators

This assessment has been used to determine the priorities for the South West Cancer Network Cancer Baseline Assessment Aug13


Acute Oncology Event – 8 July 2014

The South West Cancer Network held an Acute Oncology Event on 8 July 2014. Acute Oncology services are being set up in all acute hospitals in the South West to support patients admitted as an emergency who have cancer. The day was a combination of national and local speakers with posters from the local hospitals about the development of their own Acute Oncology services. It was great to see so much great work is happening across the South West.

The presentation and posters please click here. We also agreed to set up a South West Acute Oncology Group. The details of this Group will also be on the website shortly.