Lucy Elliss-Brookes

Lucy Elliss-Brookes is the Deputy Head for National Cancer Analysis at the National Cancer Intelligence Network in Public Health England. She has worked in cancer intelligence for seventeen years, progressing from a solid cancer analytical background to information management and senior national leadership positions. Lucy currently leads a team of highly skilled cancer analysts and managers responsible for measuring cancer outcomes across England and the UK and supporting national public health and healthcare policies aimed at reducing mortality from cancer.

One of her most significant achievements has been the creation and development of the Routes to Diagnosis study – a big data project that algorithmically links data from different sources (including cancer registration, hospital episode statistics, cancer waiting times and NHS screening programmes) to assign patients to different healthcare pathways to a cancer diagnosis. Ground breaking for its evolving policy and research implications, particularly in the early diagnosis field, this project remains unsurpassed internationally (no other comparable population-based resource exists in any other country or healthcare system thus far).
Lucy is passionate about population health improvement based cancer data, information and intelligence. She has presented nationally and internationally on many aspects of her work, with a focus on demonstrating the positive impact that cancer intelligence can have on patient care. She is also enabling and supporting a range of cancer epidemiology projects involving Public Health England analysis staff and academic partners.