The Cancer Innovation and Improvement Programme
Three projects and five teams being supported to make a sustainable difference to the early part of the cancer pathway
The Cancer Innovation and Improvement Programme is a collaboration between the Wales Cancer Network, the Bevan Commission and the innovation leads/partners across Wales.
The Cancer Innovation and Improvement Programme (CIIP) comes at a time where the NHS needs to capitalise on identifying new opportunities and ideas in order to solve the current problems and meet the challenges of delivering outstanding patient care as a result of the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing pressures on, and in cancer services and, introduced new challenges to pathways for patients. The suppressed demand seen over the term of the pandemic to date is beginning to re-emerge and capacity within the service is effectively reduced.
This Programme supports projects that can make a positive impact and long lasting change in Wales through the adoption and spread of innovation and sustainable improvement. The participating projects are focused on the initial part of the cancer pathway up to and including diagnosis. Five teams and three projects have joined CIIP from five Health Boards in Wales.
A call for applications was launched in September 2021 with applications welcomed from community, primary and secondary care teams, and especially welcomed as partnerships across sectors and areas. Guidance was provided as part of the call for applications and there was an information briefing.
As part of the Programme, the teams are provided with a supportive space whilst they introduce change, adopt and adapt innovation or make improvements.
- A 4 to 12 month programme working with the Bevan Commission and innovation partners receiving support to complete the project.
- Funding to support the change has been made available covering a range of costs associated with delivering the project including staff time.
- The programme is focussed on making an impact that includes solving the current problems and meet the challenges of delivering outstanding patient care as a result of the pandemic.
Three projects and five teams
Project 1. Suspected Cancer Pathway Health Optimisation and Prehabilitation
- Digital self assessment and health optimisation for patients with suspected cancer, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- Team: Rhian Collins (Project Lead), Anne May
- Development of a Universal Prehabilitation Online Resource, Hywel Dda University Health Board
- Team: Rachel Lewis (Project Lead), Zoe Davies, Savita Shanbhag, Saloni Jain
Project 2. Population wide cancer prevention pathway
- Preparing Wales for Lung Cancer Screening with GP smoking records, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
- Team: Sinan Eccles (Project Lead), Paul Meers, Amanda Powell, Nicole Abel
Project 3. Early Cancer Pathway: One Stop Services
- One-stop for ovarian cancer early diagnosis, Swansea Bay University Health Board
- Team: Kerryn Lutchman Singh (Project Lead), Dougie Russell, Jo Williams, Bethan Cadmore
- Post Menopausal Bleeding Rapid Access Clinic, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
- Team: Caryl Thomas (Project Lead), Anju Sinha, Nigel Davies, Rhodri John
Key milestones for CIIP
- Call for applications in September 2021 with panel selection in November 2021
- Launched in early 2022
- Supportive space for the teams starting in March 2022 to October 2022 with participation in Group sessions and with 1-2-1 support
- Opportunities for learning across Wales starting in July 2022
- Showcase for the projects from December 2022
The programme will run from January to December 2022 with regular updates depending on the projects and successful completion of milestones.
This introduction provides an update at the start of the programme in January 2022. For more information, please contact us.