Rapid diagnosis contributes to better outcomes for cancer patients. But with increasing demand, the COVID backlog, and acute workforce shortages in some diagnostic specialties, Wales faces significant challenges if it is to meet the target of 75% compliance on the 62-day suspicion to treatment single cancer pathway, let alone exceed it.
Alongside efforts to recruit, train and retain diagnostics staff, a new generation of diagnostic pathways is emerging too - including cancer-focussed rapid diagnosis centres (in Wales) and all-elective community diagnostic hubs (in England). These new pathways aim to help increase capacity and to speed up diagnosis times drawing on principles of separated elective care, one-stop diagnostics and harnessing novel technologies.
But what should the workforce supporting these emerging cancer diagnosis pathways look like?
We’re proud to announce that we have commissioned Alison Leary, Professor in Healthcare Modelling, to explore this question in a short think-piece on the future of the cancer diagnostic workforce in Wales.
We expect to publish updates in Summer 2022.