We’ve come a long way over the last two years, when we were first set up as a Cancer Alliance

This page is designed to give you an overview of where the Cancer Alliance’s came from, what we do and who we are.

If it doesn’t go far enough to answer your questions, please do contact us.


The independent national cancer taskforce, in its report of May 2016, sets out an ambitious vision for improving services, care and outcomes for everyone with cancer:

  • Fewer people getting cancer
  • More people surviving cancer
  • More people having positive experience in their treatment and care
  • Ensuring everyone receives the same high quality services, no matter who they are or where they live
  • More people being supported to live as well as possible after their treatment is over

Click here (under publications) to read the full report of the independent taskforce: Achieving World Class Outcomes - A Strategy for England 2015 – 2020.

A total of 19 Cancer Alliances work across England to drive the changes needed to achieve the Taskforce’s vision – see the map below.

What do Cancer Alliance’s do?

Alliances bring together NHS organisations, local councils, charities, community and voluntary organisations and groups, patients and others affected by cancer in a partnership.

The partnership aims to design and deliver the transformation of services and care, reducing variations in the availability of high quality care and treatment, delivering ongoing improvements, piloting innovative approaches and sharing best practice.

Cancer Alliances are responsible, through NHS England, to the National Cancer Transformation Board. They determine how national funding should be directed to support their transformation programme to improve survival, early diagnosis, patient experience and long-term quality of life across a whole population.

Click here for more details about how Cancer Alliances are expected to work

While Alliances provide a focus for transformation and leadership on cancer locally, they are part of the wider system of care through the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and the Derbyshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP).

Within ICS and STPs, NHS organisations and local authorities in different parts of England have come together to develop ‘place based’ plans for the future of health and care services. There are 44 areas identified as the geographical footprints across which these plans are developed and implemented.

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