Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for cancer care in Wales - early diagnosis, reshaping services and access to treatments

Morning, Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Central Cardiff

This seminar will examine the priorities for improving the quality of cancer care in Wales, as the Welsh Government and Wales Cancer Network work alongside key stakeholders to implement the Cancer Delivery Plan for Wales 2016-20.

It follows the launch of the Welsh Government’s £80m Treatment Fund in January, and subsequent review in July that showed all applicable medicines have been made available.

It also comes after changes to the Individual Patient Funding Request process (IPFR) following March’s independent review which recommended decisions be based on the expected clinical benefit and value for money of treatments.

Delegates will discuss the potential for diagnosing more cancers earlier, implementing the ‘Danish model’ of treatment through improved cancer pathways and one-stop diagnostic centres, reshaping services to reduce waiting times and improving access to medicines and treatments.

Guest of Honour

Dr Tom Crosby

Medical Director, Wales Cancer Network and Consultant Oncologist, Velindre Cancer Centre

Guest of Honour

Dr Tom Crosby

Medical Director, Wales Cancer Network and Consultant Oncologist, Velindre Cancer Centre

Keynote Speaker

Dr Chrissie Pickin

Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health Wales


Baroness Morgan of Drefelin

Chair, National Cancer Research Institute and Chief Executive, Breast Cancer Now

David Rees AM

Member, Cross-Party Group on Cancer


Professor John Chester

Director, Wales Cancer Research Centre and Professor of Medical Oncology, Cardiff University

Dr Ian Williamson

Consultant Respiratory Physician and Assistant Medical Director of Cancer Services, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Susan Morris

Head of Services, Wales, Macmillan Cancer Support

Tim Havard

Director, Royal College of Surgeons (Wales)

Doris-Ann Williams

Chief Executive, BIVDA

Siân Harrop-Griffiths

Director of Strategy, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Dr Jo Hayes

Medical Director, Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale

Dr Clifford Jones

National GP Lead, Macmillan Framework for Cancer in Primary Care

Dr Catherine Bale

Consultant Medical Oncologist, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board and Member, All Wales Medicines Strategy Group

Professor Phil Routledge

Clinical Director, All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre and Member, IPFR Review Panel

Rhidian Hurle

Medical Director, NHS Wales Informatics Service and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Wales

Dr Graham Shortland

Executive Medical Director, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Dr Martin Rolles

Chair, Clinical Oncology Sub-Committee, Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee; Chair, Welsh Standing Committee, The Royal College of Radiologists and Consultant Oncologist, South West Wales Cancer Service