UK Government open consultation on 10-Year Cancer Plan for England in Call for Evidence

The UK Government has called for evidence to inform the development of the 10-Year Plan for England ending in 2032. It is important for ACPOPC members to contribute to highlight the importance of prehabilitation and rehabilitation and the role of the Allied Health Profession workforce

The NHS Long Term Plan was published in January 2019 and set the ambition that, by 2028, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will rise from around 50 to 75% of cancer patients. In order to do this, it outlined a number of commitments such as building on work to raise greater awareness of symptoms of cancer, lowering the threshold for referral by GPs, accelerating access to diagnosis and treatment and maximising the number of cancers that are identified through screening. The government acknowledge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but also state that the pandemic has accelerated some innovations and improvements. In a paper entitled ‘10-Year Cancer Plan: Call for Evidence’ it has called for evidence which will inform the development of the government’s 10-Year Cancer Plan for England ending in 2032.

Rather than a formal consultation on specific proposals, it constitutes a request for ideas and evidence on which they can build. The government believes this an opportunity to build a collective view of how the NHS in England can address the immediate challenges, and in the longer term how it can meet the goal of increasing survival matching the best in Europe.

The call for evidence states that achieving that vision means having clear plans in relation to 6 priorities:

  1. Prevention – while innovation and new technology can help identify those at more risk of cancer for genetic reasons, more can be done to reduce the risk of getting cancer through making healthier choices. These include taking exercise, eating a healthier diet, reducing alcohol consumption and stopping smoking
  2. Increasing the number of people being diagnosed at an early stage. The current ambition is that this should be 75% of cases by 2028. The NHS in England will need to identify additional interventions and innovations to support the delivery of this ambitions. This must include tackling inequalities in cancer outcomes for those who live in the most deprived areas.
  3. Ensuring the diagnostic and treatment capacity is in place to complete post COVID recovery and meet increased demand over the next decade in order to diagnose and treat people within the time frame that they have a right to expect.
  4. Delivering the highest quality of personalised care to every cancer patient both during their treatment and beyond it, so that people can enjoy a better quality of life beyond their treatment.
  5. Building the cancer workforce needed over the next decade to deliver these ambitions.
  6. Harnessing science, data, research and the latest technology to drive earlier diagnosis and improving outcomes for cancer patients. This should include, specifically, building on the world-leading research that led to successful COVID vaccines in the knowledge that some cancers are caused by viruses.

Of particular interest to ACPOPC members are the sections on personalised care and building the cancer workforce. There is no direct reference to the importance of prehabilitation and rehabilitation and the roles of Allied Health Professionals. ACPOPC will be responding alongside the CSP but members views contributing directly to the survey are essential

To access the survey please click on the link below:

10-Year Plan call for Evidence

However, if you or your service users cannot use the online survey, please email cancer.callforevidence@dhsc.gov.uk  for a copy of the survey in PDF format.

The deadline for responses to the call for evidence is 11:45pm on 1 April 2022.

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