Cancer commissioning: making the reforms work for patients

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Beer, Gail; James, Matt
Date of publication
1 June 2012
Health Services
Social welfare
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The purpose of this project was to review the way that cancer networks deal with rarer cancers and how various stakeholders think the new specialised commissioning structure will impact the treatment of rarer cancers, especially with respect to patient access to services and drugs, and value for money. Building on the substantial level of good quality work which has taken placed in the field of cancer services over the last 5-6 years, the report aims to provide practical recommendations and suggestions on how further improvements and significant gains can be made.

The report makes a series of recommendations for: the NHS Commissioning Board; clinical commissioning groups (CCGs); clinical support services; CCGs and specialised commissioning; CCGs and NHS trusts; and cancer networks. A common theme in some of the included recommendations is the importance of transparent and clearly defined cooperative engagement between commissioning groups and cancer networks, as well as a strong emphasis on pathways and services being developed from the perspective of the patient and not the commissioning divisions.

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