National and local strategies (best practices)

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence- NICE for cancer:
    • Guidance covering several different cancers including ‘do not do’ recommendations
    • NICE up-dated the guidance for Suspected Cancer in June 2015 and quality standards in June 2016
  • Cancer was flagged up as a clinical priority in the Five Year Forward View and an independent Cancer Taskforce was established in January 2015 to define a new cancer strategy for the healthcare system.  Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for the NHS 2015-2020 was published in July 2015 and sets out a proposed new five-year cancer strategy for the NHS.  The strategy includes over 100 recommendations of which many will fall to NHS England to deliver
  • In NHS England’s The Forward View into action: Planning for 2015/16, four broad programmes were proposed:
    • Effective population screening (for prevention of some cancers as well as early detection)
    • Raising awareness of symptoms to promote earlier presentation of patients with potential symptoms of cancer in general practice
    • Earlier and more accurate diagnosis of the symptoms of cancer by GPs
    • Ensuring timely access to diagnostics
  • The East of England Cancer Alliance Board is one of 15 nationally that were set up in September 2016, following recommendations in the National Cancer Strategy 2015-2020.  It is an executive group of decision-makers across primary, secondary and tertiary care that will collaborate across boundaries to lead and innovate cancer services
  • In January 2015, NHS England published three handbooks to support commissioners and practitioners in planning services for people with long term conditions (LTCs), in order to achieve more effective, personalised care for this group.  They are case finding and risk stratification; personalised care and support planning; and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working
  • National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS).  Part of NCRAS is the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) which is a UK-wide initiative, working to drive improvements in standards of cancer care and clinical outcomes by improving.  It uses the information collected about cancer patients for analysis, publication and research.

Last updated Wednesday, 1st November 2017