Next steps for Cancer Care in Wales

Guest of Honour: Dr Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NHS Wales


Timed to follow the expected release of the annual update of the Welsh Government’s Together for Health, Cancer Delivery Plan to 2016, this seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss progress made and remaining challenges for the next four years, following the recent extension of the Plan to 2020.

Sessions will include discussion on improving prevention and detection, access to treatment, and delivery of care and outcomes, as well as considering the quality of support for survivors and those in end of life care.

Delegates will also discuss specific challenges including how to reduce inequalities both in the risk of developing cancer and in survival rates; next steps for integrating cancer services with support provided by the third sector; and priority areas for cancer research.

The seminar is expected to bring together key policymakers – including Welsh Government officials, Assembly Members and regulators in Wales – with stakeholders including GP and allied health professional representatives, Local Health Boards, end of life and social care providers, community health councils and other patient groups, pharmacies, academics, charities and other interested parties.

We are delighted that Dr Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar.

Clare Bath, Public Affairs Officer, Cancer Research UK; Dr Tom Crosby, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Clinical Director, Velindre Cancer Centre and Director, South Wales Cancer Network; Dr Rosemary Fox, Director, Screening Division, Public Health Wales; Dr Dyfed Wyn Huws, Director, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit, Health Intelligence Division, Public Health Wales; Simon Jones, Acting Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Marie Curie; Dr Ian Lewis, Director of Research & Policy, Tenovus Cancer Care; Professor Malcolm Mason, Cancer Research Wales Professor of Clinical Oncology, Cardiff University School of Medicine; Susan Morris, General Manager for Wales, Macmillan Cancer Support; Professor Richard Neal, Professor of Primary Care Medicine and Director, North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, Bangor University; Melanie Thomas, National Clinical Lead for Lymphoedema in Wales, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Professor John Watkins, Member, All Wales Medicines Strategy Group have also agreed to speak at this seminar, together with a speaker confirmed from Ash Wales.

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party and Member, Cross Party Group on Cancer, National Assembly for Wales and Mike Hedges AM, Member, Cross Party Group on Cancer, National Assembly for Wales have kindly agreed to chair at this seminar.

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