NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has received an award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer for its work to improve early diagnosis and one-year cancer survival rates.

Over the past year, the CCG has built strong working partnerships with Macmillan Cancer Support and local clinical cancer specialists to promote high quality care for people living with cancer. It was one of 20 CCGs recognised for the improvements it has achieved with its partners at the event which was organised in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Dr Sadaf Haque, MacMillan GP Cancer Facilitator, said:

“It was an honour to visit the Houses of Parliament and to be recognised for the work we are doing.

We are passionate about improving our cancer diagnosis rates and ensuring that people living with cancer in Gloucestershire receive the highest possible quality of care.

Our initial focus was on delivering a large-scale education programme across GP services, and together with Macmillan, we held a series of 17 very successful masterclasses. We subsequently developed a range of online resources, and have executed a quality improvement project which has given us useful learning through an audit of cancer diagnoses.

We are extremely grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for their generous funding and support for our programme.”

Dr Charles Buckley, GP Clinical Lead for Cancer at the CCG said:

“We are delighted to receive this award, and to be working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to reduce the impact of cancer on people’s lives and improve their health and wellbeing, both during active treatment and beyond.

Diagnosing and treating cancer can be a complex and sometimes difficult process, particularly with the increasing number of people being affected by cancer, and we are pleased that so much has been achieved in this past year.

We remain committed to giving the people of our county the best care we can, and will strive to make more improvements through our clinical education programme, streamlined hospital processes and support in the community.”

Elizabeth Wright, Macmillan development manager for Gloucestershire, said: “Our congratulations go to the CCG, GPs and everyone who has been involved in the work to improve early diagnosis, which is one of Macmillan’s nine outcomes that we want to see for everyone who has cancer. It is important because it means that people stand a much better chance of survival and living well with or after cancer.”

Improving diagnosis and survival rates is one part of the Living With and Beyond Cancer Clinical Programme, which is seeking to ensure that anyone affected by cancer has the best chance of recovery and of living an active life.