A Policy Briefing aimed at healthcare professionals is available for LKS staff to share in their own organisations. This has been produced and shared by the JET Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Please feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement to JET Library) for your own purposes.
Impact on library policy/practice:
Libraries already support cancer services by providing knowledge services to cancer professionals, and supporting patient care, research and education.
The forthcoming HEE cancer workforce strategy may have implications in terms of additional trainees, and there are already a number of new non-medical endoscopists being trained.
With the continued variations in the experience of care, along with the introduction of new treatments and piloting of new pathways, there is a real need for sharing of knowledge across the NHS. The KfH Knowledge Management Toolkit offers some ways that libraries can help support knowledge sharing.
Source: NHS National Cancer Transformation Programme
Publication format: PDF
Date of publication: October 2017
Summary of driver:
This is a progress report on NHS England’s National Cancer Programme, and shows significant progress towards delivering the cancer strategy. The strategy aims to reduce preventable cancers, increase cancer survival and improve patient experience and quality of life.
Key features of driver:
- Survival rates have never been higher
- Overall patients report a very good experience of care
- There needs to be more work on early diagnosis which has a major impact on survival
- Patients continue to experience variation in their access to care
- £130m committed for technology and equipment to ensure patients have access to the best and latest radiotherapy treatment
- £200m spent to accelerate diagnosis and assessment of patients
- Aim to embed new generation of smarter, kinder treatments which target cancers more precisely to improve survival and reduce side effects in routine healthcare as quickly as possible
- Cancer Alliances have been established to bring clinical leaders and teams together. Three joined together to form a Cancer Vanguard acting as a test-bed and blueprint for future care
- Nine multidisciplinary diagnostic centres have been set up
- Diagnostic networks have been developed
- Aim to provide people with a recovery package and move to personalised follow-up care after treatment
- A long-term quality-of-life metric will be piloted in five areas from October 2017
- There is a specific focus on the 62-day referral-to-treatment standard
- There will be a new standard to give patients a definitive diagnosis within 28 days by 2020. Five sites are piloting this
- Health Education England are working with stakeholders to develop a cancer-workforce strategy by the end of the year
- A new Be Clear on Cancer campaign pilot was launched in the East and West Midlands in February 2017
- More non-medical endoscopists will be trained with a target of 200 new trainees by the end of 2018
- New drugs made available through the Cancer Drugs Fund have benefited more than 15,000 patients
- A Cancer Dashboard has been set up to present important cancer-related data and information in one accessible place
- A Cancer Alliance Data, Evidence and Analysis Service is being set up
- A cancer-patient feedback system has been set up to collect real-time patient feedback
- There will be a new screening programme to detect HPV from April 2019
- A new bowel-cancer-screening test for over 4 million people will be introduced from 2018
Primary audience: Healthcare staff, members of the public
Date last updated: November 2017
Due for review: November 2018
Group member responsible: JC