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We continue to work closely with Public Health and NHS England to both support national educational and promotional campaigns. This includes smoking cessation (supporting the national aim to reduce smoking prevalence to below 13% nationally by 2020), as well as to increase uptake of screening services specifically including breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes. 

The CCGs are part of the NHS England-led screening group. We are also looking at introducing proven best practice around the role of primary care in encouraging uptake of the screening programmes and determining how we can work closer with our community assets at supporting the uptake of screening programmes where historically this has been a challenge.

Cancer treatment pathways can be very specialised and cross numerous providers. As a result we are working across the whole of West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership to tackle cancer.  Together we are placing more emphasis on prevention by tackling lifestyle choices which can impact on cancer, as well as investing in earlier diagnosis, new treatments and better support to help people live well beyond their cancer diagnosis.

Star ratings

Cancer survival at one year

2 star

Two stars - similar to the English average.

Almost 3 out of every 4 people with cancer survive beyond the first year. This result is about the same as seen across England.

As a region we have recently secured national funding to support work to improve early diagnosis and make more cancers curable through a range of projects.We can further improve this figure by catching cancer earlier and making treatment pathways as effective as possible.

We are working with the West Yorkshire Cancer Alliance to implement a Tackling Lung Cancer programme which aims to identify lung cancers much earlier when treatment is likely to be more effective and increase survivorship.

Cancer patient experience

1 star

One star - worse than the English average.

The average overall score was 8.6 on a scale of 0 (very poor) to 10 (very good). This result is lower than the England average and needs to improve.

Work is still being undertaken to improve patient experience and regionally additional transformation funding has been secured to support people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. In particular, we are working to improve access to the four elements of the Recovery Package (a holistic needs assessment and care plan; a treatment summary; a cancer care review and access to health and wellbeing events) through close links with our NHS provider partners and the voluntary and community sector.

Cancer diagnosis at an early stage

1 star

One star - worse than the English average.

Diagnosing cancer at an early stage is important however less than half of all cancer cases are diagnosed early, this result needs to improve.

Work is ongoing to improve engagement with the national screening programmes for bowel, cervical and breast cancer and the CCG has partnered with several charitable organisations such as Cancer Research UK and Yorkshire Cancer Research to promote knowledge of cancer symptoms within our population as well as practical steps to reduce the risk of cancer.

62 day cancer (waiting time standard)

1 star

One star - worse than the English average.

Seven out of ten people referred with an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer received first treatment within 62 days, this needs to improve.

Whilst diagnosis at an early stage is improving, performance against the national cancer waiting times standards can sometimes be challenging. It is recognised that cancer treatment pathways can be very specialised and cross numerous providers and specialist cancer centres.

Cross organisational work between different hospital sites has continued, in particular with Inter Provider Transfers, to ensure patient flow is streamlined and well timed to meet the national 62 day waiting time target.

Two week cancer (waiting time standard)

(Rating still to be confirmed)

Work is ongoing to improve the quality of cancer related referrals sent using the urgent referral two week wait pathways.

This includes strengthening criteria and using the new Assist system to improve adherence to pathways and ensure all relevant information is captured in the referral in order that patients are seen within the most appropriate service in a timely manner.