Our Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) works across both the North and the South Cancer Alliances. It acts as the primary source of expert clinical advice, leadership and scrutiny to support the East of England Cancer Alliance boards. Providing an efficient co-ordinated pathway of communication from the Cancer Network Groups, and interdependent groups such as the Primary Care Board and the Patient Advisory Group.
The group meets in a virtual capacity bi-monthly. It is chaired by our clinical directors and a regular feature of the agenda includes a rolling programme that spotlights two or three of our speciality network cancer groups at each meeting with the chair of that group providing an overview of their current work programme, best practice and any concerns or challenges.
The CAG membership includes representation from the chairs of our Network Cancer Groups, primary care, Public Health England, Specialised Services, lead cancer nurses, charity partners and includes the voice of our patients - ensuring that views of patients and carers are taken into account in the planning, operation and evaluation of services.
The CAG assist the boards to drive forward improvements in the provision of cancer services and reduce unwarranted variation in outcomes, both in survival and patient experience in our region. This extends from prevention strategies, through screening and early diagnosis, delivery of evidence based treatment, living with and beyond cancer, palliative and supportive care to end of life care.