Strategic development: Cancer Strategy
Across the UK the incidence of cancer is increasing and caring for patients with cancer accounts for a large and increasing proportion of all acute hospitals activity and income. The client, a leading London NHS Foundation Trust, wanted to develop a comprehensive strategy that would enable it to deliver high quality services for those living locally and that would enable it to be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for cancer care.
Tracey worked with the Executive Team and Clinical Leads to develop a comprehensive cancer strategy for the Trust. Key activities included:
- Analysis of the strategic importance of cancer services to the Trust;
- Understanding the trends in incidence by tumour area locally and nationally and the key influences that will shape future supply and demand for cancer services;
- Review of the comprehensive landscape, including the relationship of the Trust with other hospitals in London and the South East;
- Interviews with the lead clinicians in each tumour area to understand what they perceive to be the current strengths, weaknesses and future challenges for the clinical services;
- Development of strategies for each tumour area and for the underlying clinical support services areas and the identification of the investment needed to deliver these strategies;
- Development of a framework to support investment prioritization;
- Design of an organisation structure to provide ongoing leadership and management of cancer services across the Trust.
The Trust Board approved the overall strategy to provide high quality cancer services locally for the common cancers and to focus on becoming a leading national centre in three specialist tumour areas: haemato-oncology, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer.