Public Health England Cancer Board

Lead and co-ordinate PHE’s cancer-related work to support the Independent Cancer Taskforce recommendations to prevent and beat cancer.

The Public Health England (PHE) Cancer Board, chaired by our CEO, provides strategic leadership across the organisation to ensure that we deliver on recommendations from the Cancer Taskforce. We lead on the prevention workstream.

The board is also responsible for our cancer programme, which co-ordinates all of our cancer-related activity across the patient pathway and reports to the PHE Delivery Board.

In July 2015, the Independent Cancer Taskforce published its report, Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015 to 2020.

The report identifies strategic priorities, where PHE’s programmes contribute directly to improving outcomes. The priority areas are:

  • prevention and public health
  • early diagnosis
  • patient experience
  • living with and beyond cancer
  • investment in a high-quality, modern service
  • commissioning, accountability and provision

Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: taking the strategy forward provides a wide range of specific steps designed to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with and beyond the disease.

NHS England also provide a sustainability and transformation plan aide memoire for cancer. This quick guide describes the top-line objectives that need to be achieved by 2020.

Read the minutes for the PHE Cancer Board meetings.


Terms of reference

  1. PHE Cancer Board: terms of reference

Supporting documents

  1. PHE Cancer Board plan
Published 14 July 2016
Last updated 13 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added PHE Cancer Board plan: 2017 to 2021.

  2. First published.