Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for improving cancer care in England

Morning, Tuesday, 17th July 2018

Central London


This seminar will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the next steps for cancer care in England - looking at funding and access, workforce targets and progress on service redesign and early diagnosis.

Delegates will discuss the findings from the 16 regional Cancer Alliances and their impact so far on the redesign of local cancer services, as well as the further steps that can be taken to ensure earlier and faster diagnosis, and the progress of the 28-day standard pilots.

Attendees will also assess the challenges for meeting workforce targets, following the publication of Health Education England’s Cancer Workforce Plan, which makes plans for 200 additional clinical endoscopists and 300 reporting radiographers by 2021.

Further sessions will discuss the new Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), which is expected to release at least £140 million into the NHS over the next five years - as well as priorities for improving patient care and access to cancer medicines.

Guest of Honour

Professor Chris Harrison

National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England

Guest of Honour

Professor Chris Harrison

National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England

Keynote Speakers

Dr Linda Landells

Associate Director, Technology Appraisals, Cancer Drugs Fund, NICE

Mike Zeiderman

National Professional Advisor, Surgical Specialities, CQC

Lucy Elliss-Brookes

Head of Cancer Analysis, National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service, Public Health England

Professor Mark Caulfield

Chief Scientist, Genomics England


Karen Lee MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer


Senior speaker confirmed from Cancer Research UK

Richard Stephens

Patient Representative, Cancer Taskforce and Chair, NCRI Consumer Forum

Dr Jane McNicholas

Lead Cancer Clinician, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Rachael Liebmann

Vice-President, Communications, Royal College of Pathologists and Deputy Medical Director, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Rory Harvey

Chair, East of England Cancer Alliance and Clinical Co-Chair, National Programme of Care for Cancer

Dr Bernadette Lavery

Clinical Lead, Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, NHS England