As a member of the All.Can UK Steering Group, Melanoma UK is pleased to provide an update on activity during Q1 2022.

ROUNDTABLE: MEETING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF CANCER PATIENTS

In February, the official written summary of All.Can UK’s roundtable Meeting the mental health needs of cancer patients was published on the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) website.

During the roundtable, the commissioning of NHS cancer and psychological support services was discussed briefly by Dr Annabel Price, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ liaison faculty. All.Can UK’s second thought leadership article for publication on the HSJ’s website will explore this issue in further detail.

We would like to give a special thank you to our Ambassador, Kevin Donaghy, who was able to attend the roundtable event and represented the patient voice for our melanoma community.

Cancer patients are struggling to access psychological support services due to the lack of a joined-up approach. 

 

10 YEAR CANCER PLAN

On 4th February, Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, delivered a speech at the Francis Crick Institute outlining his vision to make England a world-leader in cancer care and announced a call for evidence to inform a new 10-Year Cancer Plan for England.

The call for evidence on the 10-Year Cancer Plan has ran for a period of 8 weeks, closing on 8th April.

 In the call for evidence, the Plan’s six priorities are outlined as:

  1. Cancer prevention
  2. Early diagnosis
  3. Diagnostic and treatment capacity
  4. High quality, personalised care
  5. Cancer workforce
  6. World class science, data and research community

Within his speech, Javid announced a “national war on cancer”, with a strong focus on early diagnosis and prevention. He positioned
prevention as intertwined with the Government’s levelling up ambitions and underlined the importance of overcoming health disparities. This included asserting his focus on improving diversity of clinical trials. Javid highlighted the upcoming Health Disparities white paper which will address core drivers of inequalities in health including a focus on levelling up disparities in cancer.

Of particular interest to All.Can UK, the call for evidence requests views on what measures could be introduced to tackle these inequalities in a “more profound way”, including how the Cancer Quality of Life survey data can be used to improve care, support and services for patients.

It is encouraging to see that regional inequalities in the cancer care pathway have been identified as a priority area by the Government in their 10-Year Cancer Plan, reiterating the importance of All.Can UK’s upcoming project which will involve looking at publicly available data (including the Quality of Life survey) to highlight the regional variation in psycho-social support for cancer patients.

Melanoma UK and All.Can UK developed a response to the call for evidence and both these documents have been submitted.

For more updates on the following points: CLICK HERE 

  • Psychosocial Support Task and Finish Group recommendations informed by All.Can UK’s psychological wellbeing report
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Health and Social Care Committee inquiry on cancer services
  • Health and Social Care Committee announces Expert Panel inquiry into cancer services