Transforming Cancer Care Together

The Leeds Cancer Programme is a pioneering partnership which aims to transform cancer services across the city. We want to achieve the best in cancer care for the people of Leeds and work with all communities to ensure that everyone affected by cancer has access to the same high quality care.



In Leeds there are currently 27,000 people living with and beyond cancer and around 4,109 new diagnoses every year. There are a number of challenges to address around smoking, obesity and other lifestyle factors which are thought to be responsible for 42% of cancer cases in the city. Our ageing population is also putting pressure on our healthcare services and improvements in cancer care mean that more people are living longer with cancer and need ongoing support. While cancer outcomes are certainly improving, we still need to do more.


The Leeds Cancer Programme brings together Macmillan, the NHS, Leeds City Council and other partners citywide to address some of these challenges.

Together we are committed to delivering the best outcomes for all in Leeds through world class cancer services shaped by patients, carers and the wider public.

Latest News

This section is where you will be able to find the latest news from the Leeds Cancer Programme.


Keep In Touch

Our latest newsletter will be available here shortly to help you stay up-to-date with news from the Leeds Cancer Programme.

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leeds.cancerprogramme@nhs.net


Professor Sean Duffy, Strategic Lead Cancer Clinician and Director of the Leeds Integrated Cancer Programme, pictured right, said: "Our Leeds cancer team have ambitious plans to make sure the care that patients and their families receive is the best. It is only be working together that we can do this, thereby ensuring that we achieve the best possible outcomes for all."


Dr Sarah Forbes, GP Cancer Lead and Co-Chair of the Leeds Integrated Cancer Programme, pictured left, said: “We want the best possible outcomes for the people of Leeds. We believe that we can achieve this by working together across organisations to do things differently.”


Our Ambitions

  • Reduce the number of new cases of preventable cancer, with a faster fall in more deprived populations
  • Diagnose more cancers earlier when they are curable and see further improvements in survival, especially amongst the most deprived populations
  • For Leeds to be recognised nationally and internationally for its excellence in pioneering research, training, development and delivery of cancer treatment
  • Provide the best support to patients living with and beyond cancer as well as their families and carers, so they can lead as full and active a life as possible
  • For patient experience and quality of life to drive improvements in care
  • Co-ordinate and integrate local cancer services to deliver joined up care and share best practice
  • Use our dedicated resources and our workforce in the most effective way

Our Workstreams

There are four key areas of work within the Leeds Cancer Programme.

Prevention, Screening and Awareness

Our aim is to see a fall in the number of new cases of preventable cancer year on year and a faster fall in more deprived populations.

This workstream is delivered by Leeds City Council in partnership with Macmillan and Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Workstream leads: Louise Cresswell, Public Health Specialist (Cancer), pictured left; Dr Andy Robinson, GP Clinical Lead and Lucy Jackson, Consultant in Public Health.

We will:

  • Support people to make healthy lifestyle choices with a particular drive to reduce smoking rates
  • Raise awareness in communities of screening and the signs and symptoms of cancer working with the voluntary sector
  • Work in partnership with GP practices to increase cancer screening uptake
  • Focus all programmes in areas of highest need (deprivation/vulnerable groups) in order to reduce cancer inequalities

Early Diagnosis

Our aim is to ensure our patients receive a cancer diagnosis at the earliest stage and maximise the potential for curative treatment.

This workstream is delivered by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Workstream leads: Helen Ryan, Macmillan Project Lead (Early Diagnosis), pictured left; Angie Craig, Assistant Director of Operations, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Rob Turner, Operational Clinical Cancer Lead, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

We will:

  • Work together to diagnose cancer sooner and improve survival rates
  • Ensure those with a suspected cancer diagnosis get access to the right tests, first time
  • Improve processes around patient referral from GP to hospital
  • Provide quicker diagnosis for patients with vague symptoms
  • Ensure more rapid diagnosis for patients
  • Provide reassurance more quickly for those who don't have cancer
  • Lead the way in commitment to early diagnosis by piloting national initiatives
  • Clinical leads involved in project delivery: Angie Craig, ADOP LTHT, and Rob Turner, Operational Clinical Lead.

High Quality Modern Services

The aim is for Leeds to be recognised for its excellence in pioneering research, training, development and delivery of cancer treatments and survivorship.

Workstream leads: Mike Harvey, Assistant Director of Operations, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, pictured right, and Julie Owens, Cancer Centre Manager.

We will:

  • Ensure Leeds is at the forefront of adopting new treatment technologies
  • Be committed to bringing treatments where possible into community settings for our patients
  • Work with partners to invest in and deliver world class research
  • Ensure the best use of resources


Living With and Beyond Cancer

Our aim is to provide the best support to people affected by cancer to enable them to lead as full and active a life as possible with, or beyond, a diagnosis of cancer.

The work is being delivered by Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups in partnership with Macmillan and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Workstream leads: Sarah Bradley-Wright, pictured right, Macmillan Project Lead (Living With and Beyond Cancer) and Karen Henry, Lead Cancer Nurse, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

We will:

  • Adapt and improve our services to ensure the 50% of people now surviving cancer receive the best possible support
  • Ensure those people who are diagnosed with treatable but incurable cancer have appropriate support to both live and die as well as possible
  • Help the people who are surviving cancer to cope with the physical, emotional and financial effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Support people affected by cancer to continue their recovery in the most appropriate setting
  • Improve communication between health professionals, people affected by cancer and their community so that care is co-ordinated and focussed on their needs.

Patient Involvement

We are committed to putting people affected by cancer at the heart of all our services and will ensure patients, families, carers and the public are involved in the development of the programme and shape our work.

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, are a long-term cancer survivor or are supporting someone with cancer, we want to hear from you.

Click here to find out more about our patient and public engagement hub.

If you'd like to get involved and share your experiences and ideas, contact leeds.cancerprogramme@nhs.net


For more information about the Leeds Cancer Programme, contact Joanna Bayton-Smith, Macmillan Leeds Cancer Programme Manager, pictured right, joanna.bayton-smith@nhs.net or telephone 0113 843 5634