29 Feb 2012
In - Policy

Developing excellence in cancer networks, a new report from the Cancer Campaigning Group (CCG), calls for the NHS Commissioning Board to establish cancer networks as Strategic Clinical Networks and recommends a series of quality markers for what cancer networks can achieve when they're working at their very best.

This latest piece of research uncovers insights from senior network staff about how networks can help to improve patient experience and outcomes, as well as support commissioners and providers to deliver high-quality cancer services.  The CCG hopes that this will be a useful contribution to the ongoing Department of Health work considering the role and responsibilities of clinical networks in the future.

Commenting on the report, Owen Sharp of The Prostate Cancer Charity, which is a member of the CCG, explains:  "We know that men with prostate cancer face a postcode lottery in the quality of care they receive.  This has to change - men everywhere deserve quality prostate cancer care.  Cancer networks can play a pivotal role driving improvements in patient experience and services.  That's why we warmly welcome this report, which sets out the high standard that cancer networks can and should work to, to ensure the best and most effective cancer services are available to every man with prostate cancer across the country."

Cancer Campaigning Group Steering Group member, Lucy Grove said:

"Cancer networks have the potential to significantly improve integration of services across the whole health system, improving cancer patient experience and outcomes.

"A commitment to retain cancer networks as Strategic Clinical Networks is now essential. Clear roles and responsibilities need to be set out to ensure cancer networks are able to deliver 'gold-standard' commissioning support across the entire country."


Notes to editors


The full report is available at on our website: www.cancercampaigninggroup.org.uk

For more information please contact the Cancer Campaigning Group secretariat on ccg@mhpc.com or 020 3128 8100.

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