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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.

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Cancer Innovation Programme

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