Peninsula Cancer Network
Devon Health Authority
The Peninsula Cancer Network was formed in response to the Cancer Plan published in September 2000 which identified a programme of investment and reform to produce the fastest improvement in cancer services in Europe.
The already well established cancer services based in the acute Trusts in Truro, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and Barnstaple formed the clinical basis for the Network. With the formation of Primary Care Trusts, links were forged with General Practice and Community Nursing Services and the inclusion of hospices, other voluntary agencies and patient/carer representatives has ensured that the whole health community is engaged in the work of the Network.
Representatives from all these organisations including lead surgeons, physicians, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses and allied health professionals meet regularly in Network Site Specific Groups (NSSGs) Other cross cutting Groups deal with Specialist Palliative and Supportive Care, Drugs and Therapeutics, Chemotherapy and Primary Care services.
Each Acute Trust has a Cancer Management Team comprising a lead clinician, lead nurse and lead manager who work closely with the Network on their local cancer agenda and collectively with their colleagues from other Trusts on Peninsula-wide issues through the Cancer Services Group.