NHS staff have worked extremely hard to maintain cancer services throughout the pandemic.
Disruption to cancer services in January and February 2021 was significantly lower than during the peak in spring 2020, despite the significantly higher COVID hospitalisation rates.
381,500 people have started cancer treatment since the pandemic began (March 2020 - June 2021), but some people we would have expected to start treatment have not yet come forward with symptoms.
Our highest priority remains identifying those people and getting them treated as quickly as possible.
We are seeing progress on this already thanks to initiatives like ‘Help Us Help You’ – referrals between March and June were at all-time record high levels.
We have three delivery priorities:
- Recovering services
- Improving operational performance
- Delivering the Long Term Plan
View the next sections of this report:
- At a glance
- In the spotlight… ‘Help Us, Help You’
- Recovery from impact of COVID-19 on cancer services
- Patients shaping services: Patient and public voices forum
- Earlier and Faster Diagnosis
- Treatment, innovation and personalised care
- Experience of care: Improvement collaboratives
- Personalised Care across the cancer pathway
- In the spotlight… checklist for quality improvement
- Quality of life metric
- Cancer volunteers programme
- Investing in our cancer workforce
- Primary care networks and the GP contract supporting out workforce