Cancer Service Delivery Plan

In 2012 the Welsh Government published their Cancer Delivery plan which sets out the Minister's 'expectations of NHS Wales, working with its partners, in tackling cancer up to 2016'. The plan sets out actions to achieve improved outcomes in five key areas which will be supported by improving information and by fostering a strong culture of research.

The five key areas are:

  • Preventing cancer
  • Detecting cancer quickly
  • Delivering fast, effective treatment and care
  • Meeting people's needs
  • Caring at the end of life

The report recognised that research is 'critical to effective cancer care' and one action point is for LHBs and NHS Trusts in Wales to promote the use of key facilities, such as the Cancer Bank.

One of the research targets, included in the plan for the first time, is consenting for the Wales Cancer Bank and the aspiration is that 20% of cancer patients across all Welsh NHS Health Boards will be consented to donate samples to WCB by 2016. The benchmarking figure for activity across Wales in 2011 was 7%, with some LHBs having much more activity than others (see table). The new nurses in Cardiff and Bridgend had a huge positive impact on these percentages for 2012 and 2013 and WCB is investigating ways in which other hospitals can start collection. The Royal Glamorgan head and neck team recently started consenting for WCB to increase Cwm Taf's involvement in the tissue bank.

WCB Consents as % Incidence 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
ABMU 9.1 8.8 9.0 12.0 9.9 11.2 10.8
C&V 5.0 6.5 6.1 11.6 23.4 38.0 22.5
Anuerin Bevan 3.7 4.0 5.1 6.5 12.6 17.1 9.5
Hywel Dda 9.2 9.1 9.1 12.0 15.3 15.1 9.4
Betsi Caldwaladr 0.1 2.2 3.6 2.0 3.3 2.8 1.4
Cwm Taf 1.8 1.4 1.8 2.9 8.0 14.0 9.6
Powys 1.9 1.3 1.8 3.0 2.7 3.3 2.7
All Wales 4.3 4.9 5.6 7.2 10.8 14.1 9.1
TARGET 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0
*figures use previous years WCISU incidence data against current years WCB data

 

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