Policy Forum for Wales

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Next steps for cancer care in Wales

July 2022

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This seminar focused on clinical and policy priorities for cancer care and diagnosis in Wales.

It took place against the backdrop of a new approach to cancer care with the Quality Statement for Cancer from the Welsh Government setting out the vision for good quality cancer services in Wales.

Stakeholders and policymakers discussed progress, key challenges and the way forward for providing effective, timely and person-centred care.

Areas for discussion included:

  • policy - assessing the key priorities & next steps following the publication of the Quality Statement for Cancer - implications for practitioners and patients moving forward
  • impact of the pandemic - tackling waiting lists & missed diagnoses - service recovery and future residence funding priorities - commitments to improve diagnosis prior to A&E
  • patients - improving experiences and outcomes - meeting challenges posed by an ageing population
  • service delivery - plans to reconfigure the patient pathway - achieving a more holistic & person-centred approach to care
  • workforce - preparing to meet forecast demand - talent pipeline in specialist areas - recruitment, retention & professional development - supporting staff morale & wellbeing
  • quality - ensuring consistency & high standards of access and care across Wales
  • R&I - support for innovation - assessing the future for digital care - priorities for utilising research & innovation to improve patient experience

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Professor Tom Crosby, National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales; and Dr Martin Rolles, Swansea Bay University Health Board Cancer Lead; Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Singleton Hospital; and Chair, Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee - as well as contributions from All Wales Medical Genomics Service; Aparito; Cancer Research Wales; Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board; Macmillan Cancer Support; Royal College of Physicians; Rutherford Health Medical Advisory Committee; Swansea University and Swansea Bay University Health Board; Tenovus Cancer Care; and Wrexham Prostate Cancer Support Group.

The chairs were Russell George MS, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee; and Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Deputy Leader, Plaid Cymru; and Party Spokesperson, Health and Social Care.

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Senedd; and the Welsh Government.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles