Sussex Cancer Network
36-38 Friars Walk
What are cancer networks?
A managed clinical network is the structural framework to implement the NHS Cancer Plan and therefore deliver comprehensive, high quality and consistent cancer services across the network population. Cancer Networks are responsible for:
- Patient centred service review, improvement and planning
The NHS Cancer Plan (2000) set out the first ever-comprehensive strategy to tackle cancer and identified a major programme of action linking prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and research
There are 34 cancer networks in England.
What is the role of cancer networks?
Cancer Networks bring together service commissioners, providers, the voluntary sector and local authorities, so that services can be planned across the care pathway.
Their role is to:
- Develop all aspects of local cancer services, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatments, supportive care and specialist palliative care
- Develop multidisciplinary teams and make arrangements to ensure that all patients are reviewed by them
- Agree common protocols and service patterns to tackle variations and make best use of resources
- Develop workforce education and training and facility strategies
What is the Sussex Cancer Network?
The Sussex Cancer Network (SCN) was established in 1996 and covers an area from Worthing to Haywards Heath and Hastings.
It is a network of multidisciplinary groups that work together to:
- evidence-based standards of best practice to improve the quality of cancer services in the Sussex area.
The SCN also provides a central point of contact for all parties formally involved in the development and delivery of cancer services and programmes across the Network. This includes patient and carer representatives.
What are the aims of the Sussex Cancer Network?
The overall aim of the scn is to ensure that comprehensive, high quality and consistent cancer services and programmes for prevention and screening are provided across the networks area whilst implementing the NHS Cancer Plan.
The Sussex Cancer Network 3 key aims are to:
- reduce people's risk of developing cancer and help them to stay healthy
- assist the early diagnosis of cancer
- enable patients whatever their age, wherever they live to receive treatment and care that is of a uniformly high standard