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

July 2019

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

The conference gave focus to the introduction of the Single Suspected Cancer Pathway (SSCP) and the options for policy post-2020, discussing the potential development of a new plan and how this would integrate into wider policy frameworks, such as Healthier Wales.

Issues for consideration included how a strategy could support improvements in treatment, care and resource-efficiency. Solutions were sought by examining approaches such as using data more effectively; diagnostic screening and access to cutting-edge medicines and biosimilars, as well ensuring services are aligned with the latest research and the provision of a holistic approach to care.

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

Further sessions focused on early diagnosis, prevention and public health policy; including options for achieving a better understanding of health-seeking behaviours - as well as for improving self-reporting of symptoms and reaching out to forgotten and hidden groups with appropriate targeting of awareness strategies.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates