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East Midlands Cancer Network

The East Midlands Cancer Network primarily works with commissioners and providers of cancer services including clinicians and patients to ensure that those affected by cancer have access to the best possible quality of care and information to maximise the chance of the best outcome. We try to ensure that for each individual, quality of life is considered both during active treatment and later on in survivorship or if cure is no longer possible.

We work to develop and support cancer services on behalf of the people within the East Midlands.

The network partners work across geographical, organisational and professional boundaries to promote the equal provision of high quality and clinically effective cancer services.

The network ensures:

  • A focus on patient involvement in the development and evaluation of cancer services.
  • Provision of information for patients and carers to support choice and decision making.
  • A strategic view for cancer service development.
  • Support for new ways of working and delivering care along the whole cancer pathway.
  • Services are assessed and monitored against the national standards set out in the Manual for Cancer Services.
  • Participation in clinical audit to ensure the continuous improvement of services.
  • The development of clinical protocols.
  • Equitable access to all forms of treatment and care.
  • All services from prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment through to survivorship or palliative and supportive care are included in the planning cycle.

 

This work is done primarily through the East Midlands Cancer Network clinical groups that cover individual cancer sites, plus specific cross cutting areas such as primary care, palliative and supportive care and diagnostics.  Support from the network team, links to national planning and ensuring that decisions make use of available and up to date evidence.

The network is responsible for implementing the Cancer Reform Strategy and subsequently helping to implement the recently published Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (Jan 2011) and for ongoing improvements in local cancer services. It is also responsible for developing guidelines; implementing good practice; co-ordinating expert clinical advice, management and local strategy.  Working with all key stakeholders across the region and nationally, including key cancer charities, it aims to improve quality of care and address any inequalities in provision and access.

The East Midlands Cancer Network website is http://www.eastmidlandscancernetwork.nhs.uk/