Cancer Alliances were set up to drive the changes needed to achieve the vision of the independent cancer taskforce in 2015 for improving services, care and outcomes for everyone with cancer:
- fewer people getting cancer
- more people surviving cancer
- more people having a good experience of their treatment and care
- more people supported to live as well as possible after treatment has finished.
The NHS Long Term Plan for Cancer builds on the work of the independent cancer taskforce and the progress made so far and sets out ambitions and commitments to improve cancer outcomes and services in England over the next ten years. The key ambitions are:
- by 2028, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will rise from around half now, to three-quarters of cancer patients; and
- from 2028, 55,000 more people each year will survive their cancer for at least five years after diagnosis.
Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance brings together local decision-makers who work in cancer or with cancer patients – from consultants, nurses, GPs and social care staff, to academics, voluntary staff and patient representatives – to transform diagnosis, care and treatment in our local area.
Working in partnership in this way means we can access a broad range of expertise to help inform our work and direct funding appropriately.
The work we do spans prevention and early diagnosis, through to aftercare and end of life care. We work on both national and local initiatives, such as the national 28 day faster diagnosis standard and our local cancer screening projects.
Find out more about our areas of work.
Where we work
The work we do supports local communities in Surrey and Sussex and those on the border with Surrey: in Farnham, North East Hampshire and Surrey Heath.
As a result, we work as part of and behalf of three local health and care systems. They are: