Cancer Strategy in England

Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020

In July 2015 an Independent Cancer Taskforce published Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020. An Executive Summary and Equality Impact Assessment is also available. The aim was to improve survival rates and save thousands of lives. The taskforce was asked to deliver the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View

The Chair of the Taskforce, Harpal Kumar, set out the opportunities to transform cancer services in a letter to the Chief Executives of the bodies responsible for running the NHS, and on the Cancer Research UK blog.

The report built on the statement of intent, published in March 2015, which assessed the opportunity for improved cancer care, set out the key questions for the taskforce to address and outlined the key ambitions and initiatives to be considered.

Independent National Cancer Advisory Group

An Independent National Cancer Advisory Group has been established to advise and assess on progress of implementation of Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes (AWCCO). The group is independent of Government, the NHS Arms Length Bodies and the National Cancer Transformation Board. The Terms of Reference for the Group are available.

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How Cancer Research UK is involved

Our Chief Executive, Sir Harpal Kumar acted as the independent Chair of the Cancer Taskforce. Sir Harpal is now the Chair of the Independent National Cancer Advisory Group.  

Members of the National Cancer Advisory Group

  • Harpal Kumar – Independent Chair
  • Charlotte Beardmore - Society and College of Radiographers
  • Nicola Beech - Royal College of Nursing
  • Emma Greenwood - Cancer Research UK
  • Johnathan Joffe - Royal College of Physicians
  • Kate Lee - CLIC Sargent
  • Suzy Lishman - Royal College of Pathologists
  • Jane Lyons - Cancer 52
  • Giles Maskell - Royal College of Radiologists
  • Delyth Morgan - Common Cancers Coalition
  • Paul O’Flynn - Royal College of Surgeons
  • Linda Pepper - patient representative
  • John Reeve - patient representative
  • Richard Roope - Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Fran Woodard - Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Mark Kroese - Faculty of Public Health

My role as independent chair of the Cancer Strategy Taskforce

Our chief executive, Harpal Kumar, has been invited to be the independent chair of a new Cancer Strategy Taskforce – here he explains what that will involve.

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