Our governance and how to get involved

In order to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan for cancer it is important that we bring together the right people and partners to oversee, advise on and implement key parts of the programme.

Our governance structure enables this. It is designed to:

  • increase the transparency of our work by making sure the cancer community is kept up to date on delivery and has the opportunity to hold us to account;
  • increase involvement by getting a wide range of views on the overall delivery plan; and,
  • build on the positive engagement from across the cancer community in developing the LTP, by increasing the involvement of colleagues from across the sector in the implementation of specific projects.

NHS Cancer Programme governance structures to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan. The main board for the programme is the National Cancer Board which reports to the NHS England and NHS Improvement Board. The NHS England and NHS Improvement Board and the National Cancer Board both receive input from the NHS Assembly. Reporting into the National Cancer Board is the Cancer Delivery Group and beneath that group are regional cancer boards. Reporting into the regional boards are the Cancer Programme Board and Task and Finish Groups. Task and Finish Groups work on specific projects for a set period so we can make the most of the expert advice of our stakeholders. There are also a number of national groups and forums that input into the work of the NHS Cancer Programme. The rest of the web page sets out the work of the Task and Finish Groups, as well as the national forums and groups, in more detail.

The main board overseeing the delivery of the LTP for cancer is the National Cancer Board. The members of the Board are drawn from across the cancer community:

  • Liz Bishop, Chief Executive, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
  • Ben Day, Strategic Finance Director, NHS England and Improvement
  • David Fitzgerald, Cancer Programme Director, NHS England and Improvement
  • Ceinwen Giles, Chair, NHS Cancer Programme Patient Forum
  • Professor Peter Johnson, National Clinical Director for Cancer
  • Jane Lyons, Chief Executive, Cancer 52
  • Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK
  • Cally Palmer, National Cancer Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Marsden (Chair)
  • Ann Radmore, Regional Director, NHS England and Improvement
  • Jem Rashbass, National Director for Disease Registration and Cancer Analysis, Public Health England
  • Laura Roberts, Director (North), Health Education England
  • Roger Spencer, Chief Executive, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Jason Yiannikkou, Deputy Director Acute Care and Provider Policy, Department of Health Social Care

Task and finish groups

Task and finish groups work on specific projects for a set period of time so we can make the most of the expert advice of our stakeholders.

Some of our current task and finish groups include:

  • Rapid Diagnostic Centres (RDCs): advises on the development of the national RDC model and policy.
  • Early Detection: advises on the roll out of lung checks in some of the areas with the highest mortality rates for lung cancer, taking forward recommendations from Sir Mike Richards’ screening review and extending the use of the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
  • Workforce: to identify, prioritise and spread actions to address workforce challenges and advise on the cancer workforce required to deliver the NHS LTP.
  • Innovation Expert Advisory Group: responsible for supporting the NHS cancer programme team in developing the approach to funding innovation; assessing and prioritising the innovations and making recommendations around funding.
  • Clinical Review of Standards Task and Finish Group: oversees the delivery and decision making of the Clinical Review of Standards (CRS) for the cancer programme.

National forums and groups

Patient and Public Voice Forum: for patient representatives from across the country to discuss and give advice on overall delivery and key projects. It provides opportunities for patients to get more involved in policy development and project delivery – for example, through task and finish groups. The chair is Ceinwen Giles, Director of Shine Cancer Support

Cancer Charity Forum: for cancer charities to offer advice and support on overall delivery and key projects. The forum keeps cancer charities up to date on policy development and opportunities to get more involved in project delivery. The forum is chaired by Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cancer Alliance Leadership Forum: for chairs, clinical leads and executive leads of Cancer Alliances to discuss local delivery, key projects and share best practice. The Chairs are Paula Head, Chair of the Wessex Cancer Alliance, and Andy Welch, Chair of the Northern Cancer Alliance.

There are three other national groups providing input on delivery of the LTP for cancer:

The Cancer Data and Analytics Advisory Group: chaired by the National Director for Disease Registration and Cancer Analysis, Public Health England, this group brings together stakeholders, arms’ length bodies and Cancer Alliances to advise on strategic analytical and data issues such as how best to measure progress in delivering the LTP and evaluate new interventions.

The Clinical Advisory Group: chaired by the National Clinical Director for Cancer, Professor Peter Johnson, this group will provide clinical advice on policy and implementation of the LTP.

Quarterly meetings with Royal Colleges: the NHS Cancer Programme will seek views and advice from Medical Royal Colleges as part of an ongoing engagement programme led by NHS England’s Medical Directorate.