Policy Forum for Wales

Cancer care in Wales: research, public health, meeting the new waiting times target, and next steps following the Cancer Delivery Plan

Morning, Friday, 12th July 2019

Central Cardiff


This seminar will examine the future for cancer care in Wales, with the Wales Cancer Delivery Plan due to conclude next year.

Taking place at an important stage in the delivery of the Plan, delegates will examine the lessons learnt from its implementation.

The conference also discusses the introduction of the recently announced Single Suspected Cancer Pathway - which aims to ensure all patients begin treatment within 62 days of the point of suspicion.

Delegates will assess the options for policy post-2020, with discussion expected on the potential development of a new plan and integration into wider policy documents such as Healthier Wales.

Issues for consideration include how any strategy can support improvement in treatment, care and resource-efficiency looking at approaches such as better use of data, diagnostic screening and biosimilars, as well as how services can be aligned with the latest research and the provision of a holistic approach to care.

Further sessions look forward to implementation of the Delivery Plan in the remainder of its timeframe, and opportunities for it to be refreshed and refined to bring it into line with latest thinking.

Delegates will also look at the implementation of the Single Suspected Cancer Pathway as it begins, looking at the priorities for diagnostic services, patient involvement, seamless movement through the pathway, the role of research, and optimising performance.

We expect key discussion on how to understand what the new measurement means, how the new waiting time targets will be used to evaluate and improve performance, and whether it will lead to more early stage diagnoses.

Attendees consider workforce capabilities, especially around diagnostic gaps, and the potential impact of training non-specialists and approaches to improving triage to help plug these gaps.

They will look at improving IT services and the interfaces between primary and secondary care - looking at digitisation of patient data, seeking to ensure effective collaboration and a seamless system for patients - as well as the broader infrastructure needed to meet the waiting times goal.

Further sessions focus on early diagnosis, prevention and public health policy - including options for achieving a better understand health seeking behaviours of patients to improve self-reporting of symptoms, as well as the importance of identifying forgotten and hidden groups, and targeting awareness strategies appropriately.

The agenda also considers the role of longer term health strategies, especially around obesity, exercise and smoking, to create a culture change that will reduce incidents of cancer.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Tom Crosby

Medical Director, Wales Cancer Network

Keynote Speakers

Professor Tom Crosby

Medical Director, Wales Cancer Network

Andy Glyde

Public Affairs Manager, Cancer Research UK

Dr Lee Campbell

Scientific Projects and Communications Manager, Cancer Research Wales

Sarah Hughes

Centre Head, Maggie’s Swansea


Dr Richard Greville

Director, ABPI Wales

Martin Rolles

Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Cancer Lead, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Dr Gareth Davies

Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Cwm Taf University Health Board and Clinical Lead for Diagnostics, Wales Cancer Network

Nich Cumplido

Service User

Dr Clifford Jones

National Programme Lead, Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework and Associate Medical Director, Wales Cancer Network

Wyn Parry

Executive Medical Director, Powys Teaching Health Board

Professor John Chester

Professor of Oncology, School of Medicine, Cardiff University; Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, Velindre Cancer Centre and Director, Wales Cancer Research Centre

Professor Annmarie Nelson

Scientific Director, Marie Curie Research Centre, Cardiff University