Mid Trent Cancer Network
Dept of Oncology
Nottingham City Hospital
1995 saw the publication of the Calman/Hine report - A Policy Framework for Commissioning Cancer Services aimed at adopting a Network approach to tackle far reaching recommendations for improving the organisation and delivery of cancer services. The Mid Trent Cancer Network was established in 1995 and covers Nottingham, North Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire (see Map).
The Mid Trent Cancer Network is one of thirty four Networks nationally. It encompasses the Nottingham Cancer Centre, (Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust), Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and delivers cancer services to the people of Boston, Grantham, Newark, Lincoln, Mansfield, Nottingham.
Primary Care Trusts are also integral to the Network and include West Lincolnshire PCT, East Lincolnshire PCT, Lincolnshire South West PCT, Broxtowe and Hucknall PCT, Gedling PCT, Rushcliffe PCT, Nottingham PCT, Ashfield & Mansfield District PCT, Newark & Sherwood PCT.
Responsibilities of the Network
The Network Management Team responsiblities includes the following:-
- To provide through the network board cancer policy leadership and strategy advice to the SHA.
- To develop and implement network-wide strategic and local service delivery plans, including workforce, education and training and facilities plans.
- To translate these plans into service devleopment through commissioning processes that support comprehensive and balances service development.
- To promote the use of health improvement science/techniques to improve access, speed and quality of care for patients.
- To facilitate sharing of best practice across the network.
- To encourage and facilitate communication across professional/organisational boundaries to ensure a seamless provision of cancer services.
- To develop and implement a communications strategy for the cancer network including definitive reports to the network board and SHA.
- To ensure patient centred planning and patient and public involvement.
To work with the board to produce a Network Clinical Governance Plan for the network to include the following:-
- Arrange CPD programmes for network staff, key professionals and network groups.
- Ensure that national and network datasets on cancer services and outcomes and on access are collected across the whole network and that monitoring reports are presented to the network board.
- The conduct of network wide audits by all specialists groups (site specific and cross-cutting), their results reported and action plans agreed.
- Implementation of peer review action plans, working with zonal peer review teams.
- Compliance with network and national guidelines on diagnosis and treatment.
- Liaison with SHAs and the Healthcare Commission on assessment of member organisations.
- Produce an improvement plan for all the above.