The Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon & Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance is the forum to bring providers and commissioners together with patients, to co-design services to optimise pathways, ensure effective integration and address variation, and are the vehicle that leads the activity required at a local level to meet the 2023/24 ambitions set out by the Cancer Taskforce.

The Cancer Alliance puts clinical leaders across primary, secondary, and tertiary care in the driving seat for improving quality and outcomes across cancer pathways, based on shared data and metrics. Continuing to deliver the strategy and its programmes will require committed leadership, smart choices around investing to save, and a firm intent to try new approaches and test new models of care.

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‘Help Us Help You’ Cervical Screening Campaign – 14 February – 14 March 2022

On 14th February 2022, The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, with the support of NHS England and NHS Improvement will launch a national cervical screening campaign. The Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening campaign will encourage those eligible for screening – women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 – to respond to their cervical…

World Cancer Day Friday 4 February 2022

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A targeted 27,000 across Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire to be invited for NHS lung health checks

Past and current smokers in several primary care networks will be invited to an NHS lung health check next year in a drive to improve lung health, detect and treat lung cancers earlier, and save lives. The SWAG Cancer Alliance, which covers Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire, has been selected as a site for NHS…

World Occupational Therapy Day (27.10.2021): Spotlight on Two of Our South West Occupational Therapists

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November 2021)

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NHS Urges People in South West to Come Forward for Life Saving Cancer Checks

People in the South West of England with potential cancer symptoms are being encouraged to come forward for lifesaving checks as part of an NHS campaign. NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, launched the campaign to highlight symptoms of abdominal and urological cancers this week, saying that the NHS is open and ready to treat…

Prescribe Arts and Enable Adults Living with Cancer to Flourish!

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SWAG Staff Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021

Two members of staff from University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Foundation Trust have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list this year. Ruth Hendy, lead cancer nurse for University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, has been given the British Empire Medal.  She has received the award for her services to people living…

Cancer Quality of Life Survey – Roll out to other cancers

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