Letter from Matthew Hayes, Clinical Director, Wessex Cancer Strategic Clinical Network

At the Wessex Cancer Strategic Clinical Network we are committed to improving outcomes for cancer patients across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. I am therefore delighted to be able to announce the publication of ‘A Strategic Vision for Cancer’, a report which describes our detailed ambitions and recommendations for how cancer services should be commissioned and provided over the next five years

This document is now available to read on this website. It can be accessed by clicking here,  and will be available in print form on request.

We believe that these ambitions are well-evidenced, broad in range, and consistent with the current and likely future aspirations of the NHS.  They have been produced after extensive consultation with a very wide range of stakeholders, including, of course, members of the public. I am confident therefore that the priorities which are described therein are pertinent

I do hope that you will take the opportunity to read this document and very much look forward to working with you all to achieve our ambitions. Please do get in touch if you wish to contribute to our work

We will ensure that these pages are regularly updated with progress made on our delivery plan.

With very best wishes,

Matthew Hayes

Clinical Director

SCN (Cancer), NHS England (Wessex)


Plans for 2014/15

  • Lead development of a 5 year strategic vision for future cancer services in Wessex
  • Roll out pilot ‘safety netting’ for screening across Wessex for all cancer.
  • Wessex pilot and evaluation to inform national strategy
  • Close the gap of screening and early diagnosis of long term conditions between mental health patients and the rest of the population across Wessex.
  • Transfer learning from cancer early detection programme to improve early diagnosis of other long term conditions.
  • Increase access to endoscopy diagnostic services equitably across Wessex.
  • Ongoing development of E-prescribing for Oncology.
  • Reduce variation in AOS services and transfer of learning to other LTC areas.
  • Further development of recovery package for inclusion in 15/16 commissioning intentions.
  • Understand the correlation between serious mental illness and premature mortality as related to lung cancer and smoking status