Cancer Research Network Measures

March 2018

Cancer

Country of origin: UK

Following a period of consultation Cancer Research Network Measures have been issued by the Department of Health as part of the Manual for Cancer Services. This revised Manual of Cancer Services is an integral part of the NHS Cancer Plan and modernisation of cancer services. It aims to support quality assurance of cancer services and enable quality improvement.

The Manual provides a ready mechanism by which cancer services will be able to demonstrate that they are meeting the Standards for Better Health, in particular, in the domains of safety, clinical and cost effectiveness, governance and patient focus, the latter being concerned with the design of health care around decisions which respect the diverse needs, preferences and choices of patients, their carers and relatives.

The process of cancer peer review is concerned not only with the review of an organisation's compliance against a set of detailed measures, but also with the qualitative assessment of a broad set of objectives for the delivery of services which will encompass the whole system of patient care and the patient and carer experience. Cancer peer review will, therefore, provide a mechanism to enable the overall quality of cancer services to rise.

Development of this Manual of Cancer Services 2004 and the continuation of peer review visits has been supported by the service and agreed by Strategic Health Authorities following the positive evaluation of the 2001 cancer peer review visits.

The measures include a template job description for a Clinical Lead for Research.

Cancer Research Network Measures is available in PDF format.

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