Westminster Health Forum

Cancer care in England - access to treatment, improving diagnosis and implementing the NHS Long Term Plan


This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss cancer care in England - looking at access to treatment, improving diagnosis and implementing new policy initiatives.

The agenda and keynote speakers

  • Assessing the cancer policy in England - with Dr Moira Fraser-Pearce, Director, Policy, Campaigns and Influence, Macmillan Cancer Support;
  • Improving cancer screening programmes in England - with Professor Anne Mackie, Director, Screening, Public Health England;
  • The role of the regulator in implementing the long term plan for cancer - with Mike Zeiderman, National Professional Advisor, Surgical Specialities, CQC;
  • Improving the quality of cancer care and progress of Cancer Alliances - with Dr Rory Harvey, Clinical Co-Chair, National Programme of Care for Cancer;
  • Multidisciplinary teams for cancer care - with Professor Chris Harrison, Executive Medical Director, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Innovation in treatment: AI, data and collaboration in cellular pathology - with Professor Clare Verrill, Associate Professor, Pathology, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford;
  • Progress on the Cancer Drugs Fund - with Professor Peter Clark, Clinical Lead, Cancer Drugs Fund, NHS England;
  • Future for genomics in cancer care - with Dr Tom Fowler, Deputy Chief Scientist and Director of Public Health, Genomics England; and
  • Investment, research and access to cancer drugs - with Professor Udai Banerji, Deputy Director, Drug Development Unit, The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Panel session on:

  • Faster and earlier cancer diagnosis, looking at the new diagnosis standard and support for innovation - with Dr Sadaf Haque, Clinical Lead for Cancer One Gloucestershire ICS (Macmillan GP); Dr Luigi De Michele, Consultant, Rapid Access Diagnostic Clinic, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Rachel Power, Chief Executive, Patients Association and Daniel Ratchford, Chief Executive, Quality Health

This seminar takes place in the context of the NHS Long Term Plan and the £400m additional funding for Cancer Alliances by 2023/24 to support ambitions within the Plan, including an increase in the diagnosis of cancer at stages 1 and 2 to three quarters of patients by 2028.

It comes as Rapid Diagnostic Centres are rolled out across England this year and a new faster diagnosis standard is set to be introduced from 2020. Planned sessions will consider priorities for implementing the new initiatives.

Following the announcement of the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme, which commits £79m of government investment for research into early diagnosis for diseases including cancer, delegates will assess how to support innovation in diagnosis and ensure the uptake of new technologies.

Attendees will also discuss the next steps for improving cancer screening in England - following the publication of the interim report for the review of national cancer screening programmes in England, with the full report and recommendations due out later this year.

The agenda includes discussion on the future role of genomics in cancer care - looking at the progress of the Genomic Medicine Service, the personalisation of cancer treatment and overcoming challenges regarding patient data.

It follows the completion of the 100,000 Genomes Project in December 2018 and the announcement that the NHS will offer whole genome sequencing to every child and adult with certain cancers and rare diseases this year.

We also expect discussion on improving the quality of cancer care, as access to personalised care is due to be offered where appropriate to every person diagnosed with cancer by 2021. It follows the publication of the Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model, which sets out plans to embed personalised care in wider programmes including cancer care.

Following the Government’s announcement that the use of Artificial Intelligence and data to improve the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases will be included as one of the country’s Grand Challenge missions, this seminar will be an opportunity to consider early progress as well as identifying other opportunities to accelerate innovation in cancer treatment and for collaborative research.

Delegates will also discuss the development of the cancer care workforce - including improving access to specialists and priorities for education and training - as well as the progress of Health Education England’s Cancer Workforce Plan, which set out plans to increase the number of clinical endoscopists and reporting radiographers by 2021.

The expansion of multidisciplinary teams will also be considered - coming as primary care networks are due to help improve the early diagnosis of patients in their neighbourhoods by 2023/24.

We also expect discussion on the development of cancer drugs - looking at long-term investment, collaborative research and improving access to medicine.

Further sessions will look at the progress of the Cancer Drugs Fund, the impact of evidence compiled through data collection and the opportunities to increase managed access to innovative cancer treatments - including CAR T-cell therapy for adults with lymphoma, which was made accessible through the Cancer Drugs Fund earlier this year.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum 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