About the South West Cancer Intelligence Service

The South West Cancer Intelligence Service (SWCIS) was created in 1995, incorporating work previously carried out through the Wessex Cancer Intelligence Unit, the South Western Cancer Registry and the Cancer Epidemiology Unit of the University of Bristol. It merged with the South West Public Health Observatory in 2005.

SWCIS exists to create and maintain a comprehensive, accurate, timely and accessible register of cancers suitable for:

  • Management of resources for prevention, diagnosis and treatment
  • Commissioning and evaluating services, including screening programmes
  • Planning and evaluating clinical management and treatment (including clinical audit)
  • Research into causes of, and survival from, cancer
  • Education of professionals and public

The SWCIS also has a pivotal role in supporting the Quality Assurance of the Breast and Cervical Screening Programmes for the South West. The SWCIS registers all cases of cancer occurring within the geographical boundaries of the region. The population of the region is 6.6 Million.

In April 2001 the SWCIS merged with the Regional Cancer Organisation (RCO) who were created in 1991 to take the lead in stimulating and supporting a continuous appraisal of cancer care throughout the region. The main goal of the RCO was to ensure that all residents of the SW region enjoy equal access to high quality cancer care services; including cancer prevention, prompt and accurate diagnosis, clinical treatment, personal/social support, rehabilitation, terminal care and bereavement counselling. This remains an important goal in the work of SWCIS today.

The work of the SWPHO Cancer Intelligence Service is guided by the Cancer Intelligence Steering Group. This is made up of representatives of key stakeholders of the service in the South West. For more information, see the SWPHO Cancer Intelligence Steering Group pages.