Leukaemia: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th May 2022.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that the (a) 10-Year Cancer Plan and (b) other strategic documents are fit for purpose for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia patients on active monitoring whose needs are different from people undergoing treatment.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that every leukaemia patient has equal access to a clinical nurse specialist from diagnosis so that chronic lymphocytic leukaemia patients on active monitoring have the tailored support they require.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to improve the mental wellbeing of people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia who are on active monitoring and not receiving treatment.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will provide further investment, training and resources to the NHS to help ensure that chronic lymphocytic leukaemia patients have the tailored support they need for their mental and physical wellbeing.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We are currently analysing the responses received to the call for evidence to develop the 10 Year Cancer Plan, which will be published later this year. The Plan will set out how we will improve cancer services, including for those patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have committed to ensure that every patient has access to a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). In 2021/22, Health Education England invested an additional £52 million to develop the cancer and diagnostics workforce, which included training opportunities for 754 existing and aspiring CNS. The 2019 Cancer Patient Experience Survey found that 89% of nearly 10,000 respondents with haematological cancers reported that they were given access to a CNS who would support them through their treatment. Data from Cancer Alliances in March 2021 showed that approximately 83% of all cancer multi-disciplinary teams had implemented Personalised Care and Support Planning based on Holistic Needs Assessments. NHS England and NHS Improvement have requested that Cancer Alliances identify any gaps in mental health provision as part of the 2022/23 Planning Guidance. NHS England and NHS Improvement are also supporting adults experiencing cancer with access to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies mental health services.

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