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Cancer

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG are part of the West Yorkshire Cancer Alliance and are actively involved with the shaping and leading changes to cancer services provision. The overall objective of the alliance is for joined up working across West Yorkshire to implement the National Cancer Strategy and the Cancer Taskforce recommendations.

We continue to work closely with Public Health and NHS England to both support national educational and promotional campaigns -including stopping smoking and increasing uptake of screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes.  The CCG is part of the NHS England-led screening group. 

The CCG is also looking at introducing proven best practice around encouraging uptake of the screening programmes in primary care and determining how we can work closer with our communities to support screening programmes especially where this has, historically, been a challenge.  Our area also has low uptake rates for Bowel Cancer screening and Yorkshire Cancer Research is providing funding for an initiative to impove this.

Local service developments include the Acceleration, Co-ordination and Evaluation programme (ACE) which is now in its third year, the newly established Multi-Diagnostic Clinics are nationally recognised and working well. To continue the early diagnosis/detection we have secured additional funding to continue these multi-diagnostic clinics throughout 2018/19 to enable people with vague but concerning symptoms to have an identified fast track route into the hospital.  A mobile chemotherapy vehicle will be introduced over the summer of 2018 to deliver chemotherapy to those who live in the more rural parts of our CCG.

Star ratings

Cancer diagnosis at an early stage

2 star

Two stars - similar to English average.

Diagnosing cancer at an early stage is important however only half of all cancer cases are diagnosed early, this result is about the same as across  England, however, needs to improve.

The West Yorkshire Cancer Alliance has provided additional money to develop and implement an education programme for Lung Cancer to raise awareness of early signs and symptoms to help detect cancers earlier.


62 day cancer (waiting time standard)

1 star

One star - worse than the English average.

8 out of 10 people referred with an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer received first treatment within 62 days.This needs to improve.

Whilst diagnosis at an early stage is also improving, performance against the national cancer waiting times standards can sometimes be challenging.

For Airedale NHS Foundation Trust access in general is above national standards, but cancer treatment pathways can be very specialised and cross numerous Acute Hospital Trusts.

Cross organisational work between different hospital sites has continued, in particular with Inter-Provider-Transfers, to ensure patient flow is streamlined and well timed to meet the national 62 day waiting time standard.

Cancer survival at one year

3 star

Three stars - better than the English average.

3 out of every 4 people with cancer survive beyond the first year. This result is higher than seen across England.

Our CCG continues to work closely with Public Health and NHS England to both support national educational and promotional campaigns -including stopping smoking and increasing uptake of screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes. The CCG is part of the NHS England-led screening group. 

The CCG is also looking at introducing proven best practice around encouraging uptake of the screening programmes in primary care and determining how we can work closer with our communities to support screening programmes especially where this has, historically, been a challenge.  Our area also has low uptake rates for Bowel Cancer screening and Yorkshire Cancer Research is providing funding for an initiative to impove this.


Cancer patient experience

2 star

Two stars - similar to the english average.

The average overall score was 8.8 on a scale from 0 (very poor) to 10 (very good). This result is similar to across England.

Work is still being undertaken to improve patient experience and regionally additional transformation funding has been secured to support people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis and to improve access to the four elements of the Recovery Package (a holistic needs assessment and care plan; a treatment summary; a cancer care review and access to health and wellbeing events). 

The Living with and Beyond Cancer Facilitator based at AHFT has implemented the Cancer Recovery Package and Risk Stratification in three areas, being Breast, Colorectal and Prostate. Aim of which is to aid recovery and improve outcomes. Work will progress to expand the recovery package implementation in other tumour site areas.