The Radiotherapy Operational Delivery Network (RT ODN) is comprised of:
- South East London Cancer Alliance;
- Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance;
- Specialised Commissioners;
- Patient Representatives;
- Radiotherapy Services provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW).
Together these organisations serve a population of more than 3.7 million providing comprehensive cancer services including a full range of radiotherapy treatments for adults.
The RT ODN seeks to improve the quality and experience of radiotherapy through five specific objectives:
- Improve access to modern, advanced and innovative radiotherapy techniques;
- Improve the experience of care (through tumour specific subspecialist care teams);
- Increase trial participation by 15% over three years;
- Reduce variation in quality by adopting best practice protocols and reducing morbidity;
- Reduce variation in equipment utilisation.
In 2019-2020, the RT ODN delivered 101,225 radiotherapy appointments.
NHS England Specialised Commissioning is the responsible commissioner for all radiotherapy services across England. This includes all forms of radiotherapy including brachytherapy and associated outpatient activity. In addition, the service includes all provision of intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery/radiotherapy and extracranial stereotactic radiotherapy. This applies to provision in adults and children.
Find out more about radiotherapy services at Guy’s Cancer Centre.
The Kent Oncology Centre provides oncology services to Kent, Medway, and East Sussex.
The Kent and Medway Cancer Alliance brings together clinicians and managers from health, social care and other services to transform the diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients.