PHE has inherited deep partnerships in the world of cancer and we intend to take these even further, especially in our work on prevention and early diagnosis. On Thursday Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK (CRUK), came to see us to discuss how we could develop our joint work in a number of areas, while on Monday Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, endorsed the value of our work for patient care at our first joint meeting with the NHS England Board.
Our National Cancer Intelligence Network Cancer Outcomes conference in Birmingham next week will again present the work of NCIN for patients and clinicians.
And finally, I am delighted to say that the groundbreaking work in the North East to tackle smoking and tobacco harm has been recognised internationally with a prestigious award from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Now funded by all 12 local authorities in the North East, Fresh was the UK’s first dedicated regional tobacco programme. Fresh is also acting as the tobacco lead for our North East PHE Centre.
In the first 5 years of its existence smoking rates in the North East fell at twice the national average and in recognition of this, Fresh director Ailsa Rutter has been awarded a WHO World No Tobacco Day medal. Our congratulations to her for this personal and professional achievement.