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.

East of England

East of England

North East & York

South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw, Northern, Humber Coast and Vale, West Yorkshire and Harrogate,

North West

Cheshire & Merseyside Alliance, Greater Manchester Alliance, Lancashire and South Cumbria Alliance


West Midlands Alliance and East Midlands Alliance


North Central London Alliance, North East London Alliance, South East London Alliance & RM Partners

South East

Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance, Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance, Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, Wessex Cancer Alliance

South West

Peninsula Cancer Alliance, SWAG Cancer Alliance


What do Cancer Alliance’s do?

Alliances bring together a range of organisations to help ensure the best possible cancer care in the assigned region. These inlcude:  NHS organisations, local councils, charities, and patient groups.

The partnership aims to optimise the services and care provided by reducing health inequalities in the regionm, 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.

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). 

Within ICSs, 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.