The Community Cancer Research Theme focuses on three areas of strategic importance in improving patient outcomes and experience.
A clear emphasis on Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis in national cancer strategies highlights the potential impact of improvements in these areas, but also the complexity and multidimensional nature of the barriers to change. Our research in this area, led by Dr Kate Brain of Cardiff University, will improve understanding of inequalities in uptake in screening programmes in high risk, harder to reach groups. Exploring the motivational and behavioural aspects influencing early presentation will inform the design of interventions to improve screening outcomes and also expedite early symptomatic diagnosis.
Effective sharing of data is critical to optimising individual patient outcomes, but also to community and population pattern recognition in targeting effective and efficient resource use. Our Health Informatics research work stream, led by Professor David Ford at Swansea University aims to lay the foundation for better cancer intelligence across the patient pathway. It will identify opportunities to link socio-demographic, clinical and tissue biology data to improve individual and population outcomes by developing innovative interactions between NHS databases and SAIL infrastructure.
A high proportion of healthcare costs occur in the last year of life representing significant challenges to the NHS and opportunity costs for patients. Our Palliative and Supportive Care research work stream led by Dr Annmarie Nelson and Dr Simon Noble at Cardiff University will focus on the development of pragmatic, well designed studies in areas of recognised importance to patients, responding to the priorities set by the Palliative and end of life care Priority Setting Partnership (PeolcPSP). There will also be a specific emphasis on identifying research priorities for clinical services in Wales and impacting on practice through innovative engagement and dissemination strategies.
The Community Cancer Research Theme will build on existing strengths of methodological innovation and grant capture across the cancer care pathway. This will facilitate cutting edge collaborations across WCRC themes and between WCRC and other Health and Social Care Research Wales Centres, ensuring that our research translates into patient and public benefit.
Our community work is being led by Dr Anthony Byrne.
Dr Anthony Byrne