What we do

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; and
  • 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 to date 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.

Wessex Cancer Alliance brings together clinicians and managers from health, social care and other services to transform diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients.

Working in partnership in this way means we can better plan care across local cancer pathways by accessing a broad range of expertise to help inform our work and appropriately directing funding.

We support local clinical and executive leaders to set strategy, culture and performance and strive to:

  • achieve access to diagnosis and treatment in line with national standards;
  • implement rapid diagnostic services across Wessex to shorten time-to-diagnosis for all patients;
  • support clinical teams to adopt national best practice pathways and reduce variation across Wessex;
  • offer personalised care to all patients and risk stratified follow up to all appropriate patients following their cancer treatment;
  • develop meaningful patient experience measures to inform future service improvements;
  • ensure all eligible patients are offered access to clinical trials; and
  • strengthen the path from cutting edge innovation to business-as-usual, spreading proven new techniques and technologies and reducing variation

The work we do spans prevention and early diagnosis, through to care after treatment and at the end of life. We work on both national and local initiatives, such as the national 28 day faster diagnosis standard and our local WesFit and Communities Against Cancer programmes.

Find out more about our areas of work and read our strategic vision for cancer in Wessex.

Where we work

The work we do supports local communities in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset.

As a result, we work with and on behalf of two local health and care systems. They are:

  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
  • Our Dorset Integrated Care System