Mr Arup Ray, Consultant Neuro-oncology Surgeon and Mrs Julie Law, Neuro-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are Co-Chairs of the Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS) Network Site Specific Group (NSSG).
The role and purpose of the Brain and CNS NSSG is to improve the experience and outcomes of cancer care for Brain and CNS patients in the Lancashire & South Cumbria Network. This involves consideration of strategies and plans for service improvement and service development across the patient pathway, incorporating all aspects of care at appropriate stages of the patient's journey. The aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes and best quality of life for all patients who use Brain and CNS cancer services within the Network.
The Brain and CNS NSSG:
- Is the Network's primary source of clinical opinion on issues relating to Brain and CNS cancer for the Network;
- Is the group with responsibility for the development of patient pathways and clinical guidelines;
- Is the Group with corporate responsibility for co-ordination and consistency across the Network for policy, practice guidelines, audit, research and service improvement relating to Brain and CNS cancer;
- Will consult with the relevant cross-cutting Network groups on issues involving chemotherapy, cancer imaging, histopathology and laboratory investigation and specialist palliative care; and with the Head of Service on issues involving radiotherapy.
Members of the NSSG will be responsible for feeding back information/decisions from the NSSG to their clinical and managerial colleagues.