Cancer Network Clinical Groups (NCG) play a fundamental clinical and strategic role in helping the NHS achieve its objectives, in the identification of best practice and by working with stakeholders to transform services. This is in line with best practice and at scale across the whole network.
NCGs adopt an evidence-based approach and regard the National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance as their reference for determining common standards and pathways for cancer patients.
Across the East of England’s Cancer Alliances, Cancer Clinical Network Groups are established for the main tumour sites and cross cutting groups.
The East of England North Cancer Alliance cancer site specific network groups are designated historically as the ‘Anglia Cancer Network’ and this network encompasses the same footprint as the North Cancer Alliance.
There are two cancer site specific networks within the footprint of the East of England South Cancer Alliance – the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Network and the Essex Network.
Across the entirety of the East of England there are long established cross-cutting groups and these continue to include both the North Cancer Alliance and the South Cancer Alliance, providing expert advice on: Chemotherapy, Acute Oncology (AOS), Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP), Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC), Palliative Care, Radiotherapy Operational delivery Network, Children’s and teenage and Young Adults.
The role of a NCG is to ensure co-ordination of the cancer pathway, consistency of clinical practice and to achieve the best possible outcomes and experience for patients, irrespective of where their treatment and care is provided. A NCG works on:
- Identifying and raising awareness of population needs
- Service improvement
- Support the delivery of the National Transformation Programmes
- Service monitoring including clinical performance and clinical outcomes
- Workforce development
- Research and development
Details about the Cancer Network Groups are provided below.
(Including who is chairing the groups, guidance and relevant documents).