As part of our communications and stakeholder engagement plans, the Alliance would like to ensure that our stakeholders are kept informed on the latest news and developments. From June we have moved from a weekly communication bulletin to monthly. We will continue to send monthly updates to those involved in delivering the best possible care in cancer services across the HCV Alliance.
The Cancer Alliance System Board met during May and the HCV CA prioritisation report for 2018/19 was presented. This report detailed the areas of prioritisation of funding from the National Cancer Transformation Funding.
The National Cancer Performance and Delivery Group, chaired by NHSE and NHSI, confirmed that there will be a reduction of funding to Cancer Alliance who have not delivered the 85% standard for 62 day pathways. The impact of this decision,, equates to a reduction of 25% in funding for Q1 and Q2 2018/19. As a result of this we have been asked to undergo a rapid prioritisation exercise to align the planned work programme against the revised budget based on an assumption that only 75% of the originally agreed funding will be received during 2018/19.
Awareness and Early Diagnosis (A&ED)
Following a recent recruitment process an A&ED programme manager has been appointed and will commence in post June 2018.
National Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
Programme NHSE are now undertaking the procurement process for a national roll-out of the FIT programme which is planned to commence Autumn 2018.
Lung Health Check
The specification for the Lung Health Check is being developed based on the Manchester programme. Once the specification is agreed, procurement will begin and companies will present their tenders. The Service is planned to commence midOctober following the 2Don’t be the 1” Tobacco campaign during September.
Gateway C is an on-line learning tool to support primary care clinicians in the diagnosis and management of patients. A presentation to primary care clinicians to understand and review Gateway C implementation options and impact will be made on 11th July .
Cancer Champion Programme
The cancer champion project has been launched in Humber, Coast and Vale.
Two Volunteer Co-ordinators for the Cancer Champion programme are now in post and have undergone training to deliver future Cancer Champion training from June 2018.
Cancer champions are drawn from local people who use their experience, knowledge and passion to support friends, family and colleagues to seek help early if they suspect they have symptoms of developing cancer.
Bowel Screening and qFIT: (low risk symptomatic patients)
qFIT modelling training took place in May. A draft outline local business case is in progress and will be presented to the Awareness and Early Diagnosis Board in June.
Demand and Capacity – Radiology
A key theme to emerge from the demand and capacity work included the need for collaborative approaches to workforce planning and future locations/procurement of kit.
Please hold the date in your diaries for the demand and capacity workshop being held on 20th June in Goole. Key stakeholders have been identified and invited. If you haven’t received an invitation but feel you should be there, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. The agenda will be sent to attendees beginning of June.
The Alliance has worked in partnership with North West London Cancer Alliance to deliver a market engagement event ahead of the procurement. From the market engagement exercise it is planned that five suppliers will be identified to progress 1:1s with. Emerging questions relate to the detail of how proposed solutions work, costing and whether the solution has previously worked in an NHS setting. A national professional advisory panel with HCV representation is supporting the procurement and has started to bring together the detail that will support development of a specification. Procurement is expected to be complete end of June/early July with a view to award a contract December 2018/January2019.
The procurement process will commence September with the approach to standardisation being replicated from the radiology procurement for pathology.
Treatments and Pathways:
In response to NHS Planning Guidance to establish rapid access diagnostic and assessment pathways in lung, colorectal and prostate cancers, funding has been secured to establish tumour site specific task and finish groups for a period of one year.
Agreement on clinical leadership of the Lung, and Prostate Tumour Site Specific Groups
York Heath Economics Consortium has been commissioned to undertake a Health Economic Evaluation of the community CT service provided by HEYT for East Riding and York.
Clinical Leadership has been agreed for the implementation of the rapid diagnosis pathways for Lung, Colorectal and Prostate cancer.
Our three acute trusts have now received confirmation that funding has been identified and agreed for the recruitment of Inter Provider Transfer (IPT) care pathway co-ordinators in our three acute trusts. These are expected to be recruited and in place June 2018.
Living with and Beyond Cancer (LWAB): The Cancer Alliance has recruited a new programme manager, Alison Cockerill for the Living With and Beyond Cancer (LWAB) work stream. Alison will commence late June 2018. A project manager to support the LWAB programme is currently being recruited to with interviews scheduled in June. Both posts have been funded by Macmillan.
Cancer Care Review
The finalised Cancer Care Review (CCR) toolkits have now been distributed to GP practices for use by GP/Practice Nurse. The CCR toolkit had been produced for practices to use to improve the quality and consistency of CCRs. A hard copy and electronic version were received by each GP practice.
The Cancer Alliance still does not have access to the new Cancer Waiting Times database but it will continue to use the official NHSE cancer statistics for the production of its Provider Cancer Waiting Times Dashboard. In the meantime, NHS England will continue to work with NHS Digital on a solution for Cancer Alliances to directly access the new Cancer Waiting Times database and extract record level, pseudonymised data. A copy of the HCV cancer alliance dashboard is available by contacting us [email protected]
Communications and Engagement:
A HCV Cancer Alliance Communications and Engagement strategy will be developed over the next three months working with key stakeholders across the Alliance footprint. The strategy and supporting delivery plan will set out how we will engage and communicate effectively with our patients, public, staff and stakeholders. For further information please get in touch at [email protected]
Be Clear on Cancer – Blood in Pee campaign
The Public Health England blood in pee campaign launches on 19th July and runs over the summer, highlighting signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, targeting people aged over 50. PHE are looking for local case studies – ideally people aged 50 to 70 who have recognised symptoms and received treatment. If you have any case study suggestions, in the first instance, please contact [email protected] for further information.
Yorkshire Cancer Patient Forum AGM – 29th
The Yorkshire Cancer Patient Forum will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Friday 29 June from 10.30 – 12.30pm at St George’s Conference Centre, Leeds. For further information click here: www.yorkshirecancerpatientforum.co.uk/newsletter-summer-2018/
Macmillan currently has a number of courses that are free to colleagues across the Cancer Alliance to attend. These include:
Understanding Cancer and its Treatments
5th June 9am – 4.30pm – Leeds
Designed to offer a clear and fundamental understanding of the nature of cancer, this course explores cancer prevention, early detection, investigation, staging and treatment options.
Loss and Bereavement – 3rd July 2018, 9am – 5pm – York
Open to people who are interested in or are currently involved in supporting people affected by cancer through loss and bereavement
Please contact us if you no longer wish to receive this monthly communication, if you have received this bulletin and are not on our distribution list and would like to be or if there is anything you would like to see in this update. Our email is [email protected]
Royal Castle Lung Cancer Information Day – Hull
The next Information day takes place on Wednesday 11th July from 09.45 until 16.00 at the Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull, HU1 3UF. For further information please contact Elizabeth Weir – [email protected].
The next monthly stakeholder communication update will be on:
7th July 2018
3rd August 2018
Humber Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance Programme