The Cancer Network is the lead agency delivering a range of projects which are helping to improve services for cancer patients and carers. We work with partners facilitating the development of products and services for use by patients, clinicians and third sector organisations. Our unique position working across the Greater Manchester, Lands & South Cumbria (GMLSC) footprint allows us to drive forward initiatives to support all of these stakeholders.
Current project work that we are leading across GMLSC includes:
Cancer Awareness Toolkit
Supporting and promoting the effective utilisation of the SCN Cancer Network's online Cancer Awareness Toolkit (CAT). Research will also be undertaken with carers in the South Asian community which will be included in the CAT resource in order to move towards earlier diagnosis for the most vulnerable people from South Asian backgrounds.
Cancer Champions Network
Development and implementation of a GMLSC Cancer Champion Network. The SCN Cancer Network will provide active community based support and training to the community of Cancer Champions recruited as part of the National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative, in order to roll out community based interventions which support the BCOC campaigns.
Implementation of NICE Guidelines
Supporting the implementation of NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) referral guidance for cancer and developing an educational support programme for primary care through a GP Strategic Lead cascade programme. This will entail the co-ordination of activity across the cancer system to produce a more effective and efficient programme, implementation of a workforce development programme for primary care and a collaborative approach to production of templates for use across GMLSC. This initiative aims to increase appropriate direct diagnostic referrals from primary care along agreed pathways in order to improve survival rates and early stage disease diagnosis.
The Strategic Clinical Network will be supporting implementation of this guideline across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Primary care education – Following the successful education events that were recently delivered by the 3 SCN GP strategic leads, we are now supporting other GPs to cascade training to all primary care clinicians in the network. The SCN are producing an education package to help with this.
2ww referral forms - generic 2ww referral forms are being developed and the final versions will be able to be tailored to reflect local pathways.
Capacity and demand planning – We are talking to different CCGs and providers to find out how they are planning for the increased demand for diagnostics, and we will pull this information together in a resource so that the learning can be shared across the network. Please let us know what you are doing so that your experience can be shared with others.
Guideline summaries – Cancer Research UK have produced summaries of the guideline in different formats - http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/learning-and-development-tools/nice-cancer-referral-guidelines. The SCN is also producing guideline summaries that will be available on the SCN website soon, and we are also exploring other ways to make them available to GPs.
Practical implementation advice – One of the SCN GP strategic leads, Dr Neil Smith, is developing an implementation advice document that outlines the practical actions that GPs should take to ensure that the NICE guideline is effectively put into practice. This will be available on the SCN website soon.
Facilitation – We are holding an event on 4 March for Lancashire and South Cumbria to help each local area develop their implementation plans.
Network Groups Administration
Supporting and administering a range of network groups in Lancashire & South Cumbria to meet, develop workplans and manage education events. Our administration of the network groups is enabling them to focus on a clear work programme and provide annual education events. This also contributes towards improved compliance with Peer Review standards.
Supporting commissioners in gathering and using data, ensuring the clinical integrity of trust recovery plans and improving waiting times. Working in partnership with CCGs, acute providers and the two Commissioning Support Units (CSU), we:
• support the development of standard waiting time reports for commissioners and providers;
• work with the CSUs on data reporting from commissioners and providers.
This work improves performance in cancer waiting times and patient outcomes.
The SCN provides a cancer data toolkit which provides data sets for cancer on:
• Waiting times
• 1 year survival
• Routes to diagnosis
Peer Review Programme
Monitoring and supporting the 'Peer Review' programme. This work aims to ensure that the population of Lancashire have access to the best possible treatment. By using CCG/Acute Trust investment the Cancer Network will provide the CCGs and the Area Team with joined up access to the Lancashire Cancer Network Peer Review and associated trust plans for improvement in order to support their commissioning and assurance roles. We aim to exceed minimum quality standards for cancer services with clinicians engaged in these processes.
Cancer and Depression
Supporting psychological therapists across cancer care to develop guidance for on services to support cancer sufferers who also experience depression. Using a combination of best practice and evidence from across the field, we aim to bring about improved access to evidence based therapies for cancer patients.
National Cancer Patient Conference
Delivery of a second annual National Cancer Patient Conference on behalf of the National Cancer Team (NCT). We are working with the NCT to deliver a patient conference in March 2016 which will enable participants to better understand their options in becoming involved in the provision and commissioning of cancer care services. It will also provide a forum for patients to influence the involvement agenda and assist them in understanding how services are developed and commissioned. The event will provide opportunities for patients to provide feedback on their experiences and will aim to 'level up' the involvement of patients and their impact on service provision across the country.