The role of our Tumour Groups is to bring together clinicians, nurses, operational managers, radiologists, oncologists and primary care colleagues on specific cancers or related issues.
By sharing expertise from different areas and backgrounds, we’re aiming to improve the experience of patients across south east London.
Tumour Groups meetings enable staff to work in a collaborative way, to share expertise, make service changes, and create best practice guidance.
The Tumour Group programme was established in 2016, initially covering Urology and Lung, and has since expanded to cover the following areas, each project managed by a Cancer Improvement Manager:
- Acute Oncology Service (AOS);
- Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP);
- Haematology Oncology (Haem-Onc);
- Head & Neck (H&N);
- Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB);
- Oesophago-Gastric (OG);
- Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT);
Each group works to its own agreed plan based on the requirements of the service, but some common topics include:
- Best practice Timed Pathways from referral through to post-treatment;
- Developing quality standards;
- Ensuring equity of access and service across the different sites;
- Embedding national guidance across south east London sites;
- Identifying areas for service improvement;
- Reviewing recent performance data across the region;
- Implementing new practice at Alliance-level (e.g. personalised stratified follow-up).