Cancer Research Strategy for Wales
As a nation, we produce some of the world’s leading cancer research and we aim to strengthen our research through the development of a Cancer Research Strategy for Wales. Developing a national strategy will unite the diverse areas of cancer research conducted here and bring more effective cancer treatments to patients as fast as possible. Cancer research strategies are being developed across the UK and Wales is proud to add to the great work that has been done in this area.
The Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is being developed as a document for professionals to use to ensure better outcomes for cancer patients through research. The strategy is being developed in collaboration, bringing together over a dozen different research organisations to enable a consistent approach across the nation.
Work to date has been focused on bringing key people together in two working groups of the Strategic Oversight Board (SOB) and the Cancer Research Executive Writing (CREW) Group to support the identification of priorities and generate the strategy. We have undertaken extensive scoping work which includes a grey literature review and an initial survey of the cancer community- identifying gaps and barriers to research in Wales. This work has supported the development of a draft strategy document.
We have identified, four Grand Challenges to develop cancer Research in Wales:
“Within 10 years, our research will deliver innovations that, when implemented, will reduce healthcare inequalities in Wales”.
“Within 10 years our research will deliver at least one novel cancer intervention that will be implemented worldwide”.
“Within 10 years, Wales will be a leading collaborator in multicentre research, and there will be a trebling of the number of research partnerships between scientists in Wales and beyond”.
“All cancer patients in Wales will be offered the opportunity to take part in research”.
To support the achievement of these aims we have identified three broad domains
- Laboratory and clinical biomedical science
- Population Science
- Health Services Research
We believe it is where these domains intersect that Wales can develop a research niche which will give greatest patient benefit. We also recognise that there are gaps that will require support to be able to achieve our ambition for Wales.
During the autumn our consultation period will launch as we ask the public, and professionals within the cancer community, whether the identified priorities are correct.
You can also read more about our professional and public consultation here