Cancer Survival Rate in Surrey Heath is One of the Best in England

NHS Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group has been awarded by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer to certify that it is one of the most improved CCGs across England as measured by annual one-year cancer survival rates.

Data released in December 2016, from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) was used to calculate cancer survival for Clinical Commissioning Groups in England amongst adults diagnosed from 1999 to 2014 and followed up to 2015.

This data showed that Surrey Heath CCG have increased the one year cancer survival rate from 61.1 per cent to 73.8 per cent (1999 to 2014) which is above the national average of 70.4 per cent for the same period.

Surrey Heath CCG now sits in the top five CCGs in the country for one year cancer survival rates, a significant improvement from 1999 where they were ranked in 70th place.

The CCG achieved this by:

  • Engaging our local GPs to improve rapid referral for suspected cancer symptoms;
  • Working with our local population to educate and raise awareness about recognising cancer symptoms and encouraging our local community to attend cancer screening appointments;
  • Working closely with local GPs, hospital and voluntary sector to raise awareness of lifestyle changes to improve health and the early detection of cancer;
  • Working with Frimley Park Hospital which serves the Surrey Heath area to meet their targets in diagnosing patients with cancer sooner and better managing the care of those patients;
  • Running annual Cancer Health & Wellbeing events to provide information and support to people and their families and carers.

Dr Andy Brooks, Chief Officer of NHS Surrey Heath CCG said:

“We are delighted to receive this award recognising our work on improving cancer survival rates in Surrey Heath. We are dedicated and committed to commissioning high-quality services that best meet the needs of our local population; this includes working on improving survival rates for those in our community affected by cancer. We have worked closely with health professionals and our patients to identify the ways we can enhance and improve the care for our residents.”

Dr Emma Whitehouse, Clinical Lead for Cancer & End of Life Care, Surrey Heath CCG said:

“It was a real privilege to collect this award at the House of Commons from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer. I was very proud to be representing Surrey Heath CCG.”

(Pictured: MP Steve Brine, Dr Emma Whitehouse, MP John Baron)