Our plans over the next two years (2017/18 and 2018/19)

How you can help

You, the public, are a key part of making sure that cancer can be caught early and that the survival rate is improved. There are three main things that you can do: 

  • attending screeening tests,
  • living a healthy lifestyle, and, 
  • by giving us your opinion. 

Attending screening tests - there are three main types of screening tests; cervical screening, breast screening and bowel screening. You are called for these tests at different stages of life, but it is important that you attend when called. Screening tests are vital in helping to spot the signs of cancer early and usually take no longer than 5 minutes. 

Find out more about each screening test and when you can expect to be called.

Living a healthy lifestyle - 40% of cancers could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices. Making changes to your lifestyle such as stopping smoking and reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, can make a significant difference to your chances of being diagnosed with cancer.

Find out more about the different lifestyle choices that can have an impact the risk on developing cancer

Giving us your opinion - your opinions and experiences matter. By feeding back to us, you can help us make decisions about the services you receive. We can also make sure that we are designing and buying services that are centered around your needs. 

For more information about how you can give us your opinion, visit our get involved pages. 

What we are going to do

The CCGs are part of the newly formed West Yorkshire Cancer Alliance, whose aim is to ensure joined up work across West Yorkshire to implement the National Cancer Strategy and reduce variation of services across the footprint.

The West Yorkshire wide programme focuses on six key national cancer planning requirements:

  1. strengthen existing tobacco controls and smoking cessation services in line with reducing smoking prevalence to below 13% nationally by 2020
  2. increase uptake of breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes
  3. drive earlier diagnosis
  4. ensure all parts of the recovery package are available to all patients
  5. ensure all breast cancer patients have access to stratified follow up pathways and prepare for roll out for prostate and colorectal cancer patients
  6. ensure all cancer patients have access to a clinical specialist or other key workers

To support this West Yorkshire wide programme over the next two years we will aim to (please note that this is not an exhaustive list):

  • work with our public health colleagues to support the reduction in smoking rates by promoting smoking cessation services
  • reduce the obesity rate in our area
  • work with general practice to support the increase in uptake of the screening programmes
  • screen an additional 5,500 women for breast cancer, an additional 1,500 people for bowel cancer and an additional 500 women for cervical cancer
  • be represented on NHS England’s screening operational group.
  • introduce the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) test for bowel screening to replace the faecal occult blood test (FOBT).
  • work with our acute providers to implement risk stratified follow up care pathways; colorectal pathway has been stratified and work is ongoing for breast pathways. Prostate pathways will be stratified next.
  • ensure all elements of the recovery package are commissioned and available to patients. This will include holistic needs assessments, care plans, treatment summaries and a care review.
  • implement cancer taskforce initiatives.
  • raise public awareness by using community assets in the VCS and engaging with key influencers such as the Council of Mosques.
  • increase GP engagement through training events to promote the national screening programmes including practice visits from NHS England and Cancer Research UK and encouraging the adoption of best practice from other areas of the country.