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Health and Social Care Committee appoints cancer services experts

7 January 2022

The Government’s progress against its announced targets to improve the delivery of cancer services in England is the focus of a new independent evaluation by the Health and Social Care Committee’s Expert Panel.

Five specialists from different areas of cancer services have been appointed for this evaluation, bringing their subject specific expertise and experience. The five specialist members will work alongside the core members of the Expert Panel in identifying a set of Government commitments made in cancer services and evaluate the Government’s progress against them.

The Health and Social Care Committee established the Expert Panel to conduct independent evaluations of Government commitments in different areas of healthcare policy and enhance Committee scrutiny. Each evaluation leads to a published Report with CQC-style ratings from “inadequate” to “outstanding” awarded against specific pledges covering a range of policy areas and a final overall rating given.

In December 2021, the second Report of the Expert Panel was published, an Evaluation of the Government’s progress against its policy commitments in the area of mental health services in England. The first Report of the Expert Panel evaluated Government progress against its policy commitments in the area of maternity services in England.

Expert Panel Chaired by

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Professor of Medical Education at University College London, a consultant physician and rheumatologist, and a former President of the Royal College of Physicians.

Core members

  • Professor John Appleby
  • Professor Anita Charlesworth
  • Sir Robert Francis QC
  • Professor Stephen Peckham

Additional members with expertise in cancer services

Professor Samreen Ahmed

I joined he Panel to influence Government’s pledges and hold it accountable to promises made. As a Panel member, I hope to improve outcome and experience of cancer patients.

Professor Janet E Brown

With almost 30 years of working in the NHS, 20 years as a cancer doctor and bringing research developments into clinical practice, I am delighted to be able to apply my specialist knowledge and experience to this important national role. I hope to be able to use my experience to provide strong support to the panel in its work and thus help to reduce inequalities in cancer care and to improve cancer services for all.

Dr Jeanette Dickson

I joined the panel to be able to use my expertise to assist the panel members in assessing the topic thoroughly. I hope to highlight what needs to be improved in cancer service delivery to improve outcomes for patients.

Nikki Morris

I am passionate about the integral role that nurses play in the health and wellbeing of people diagnosed and treatment for cancer.
An evidence-based approach to policy and practice is essential in ensuring that we provide the very best care we can. The panel undertakes an important role in looking at that evidence and influencing policy. I am very pleased to be able to play my part in that process. I hope that applying my nursing experience and knowledge to the work that the panel undertakes makes a real difference in the care we provide to people diagnosed with cancer in the future.

Minesh Patel

I hope to bring Macmillan’s insight into the experiences of people living with cancer to help drive improvements in care, treatment and quality of life for people faced with a cancer diagnosis.

Further information

The Health and Social Care Committee is currently examining why cancer outcomes in England continue to lag behind comparable countries internationally in an inquiry on cancer services. It is taking evidence on the underlying causes of these differences.

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