Cancer Service Delivery Plan
In 2012 the Welsh Government published their Cancer Delivery plan which set out the Minister's 'expectations of NHS Wales, working with its partners, in tackling cancer up to 2016'. The plan was refreshed during 2016 and the extended plan provides continuity for the service up to 2020. It builds on the progress and successes and reflects the lessons learned during the first three years. The development of the plan has been led by the Wales Cancer Network and has involved extensive stakeholder input from across the health service and third sector
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 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. 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.
|WCB Consents as % Incidence||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016*|
|*figures use previous years WCISU incidence data against current years WCB data|