Cancer Research Strategy for Anglia

The overriding vision for the strategy is:

"As standard practice cancer patients in the Anglia Region should, wherever feasible, be offered participation in clinical studies, provide a suitable study exists, eligibility criteria can be met and the patient wishes to take part." 
                  Simon Rodwell (Patient and Public Representative, AngREG)

A strategy for cancer research has been developed in conjunction with the reconfiguration of the Cancer Research Networks in Anglia. In determining the research network boundaries, the National Cancer Research Network Coordinating Centre (NCRN CC) emphasised the need for a single seamless cancer research strategy across the region. This has resulted in two dynamic, closely-linked cancer research networks: Anglia East Cancer Research Network (AECRN) and West Anglia Cancer Research Network (WACRN). They will work in close collaboration with the AngCN and academic partners for the benefit of patients in the region. The purpose of this strategy is to provide Anglia with a clear and robust vision for cancer research that is supported by key stakeholders.

This strategy focuses on those areas of activity of the Cancer Research Networks where joint working can bring added benefits, such as links with Site Specific Groups (SSGs) in Anglia and Anglia-wide recruitment to early-phase studies. Not all areas of Research Network activity need joint working practices.

The Strategy was developed through the Anglia Research Executive Group with representation from Anglia East and West Anglia Cancer Research Networks, Ipswich Hospital, Anglia Cancer Network, University of Cambridge, and patient representatives. It was approved by AngCN Board on 2 December 2010.

The objective of the strategy is to improve patient care and drive up outcomes through equitable access to high quality clinical research across AngCN. The partners involved in delivering the strategy are committed to enhancing the cancer clinical research capacity through sharing expertise and working together to improve the speed and impact of research in our region.

The strategy identifies six key principles:

  • Facilitating equity of access
  • Improving the speed of study delivery
  • Developing and retaining a skilled research workforce
  • Promoting active patient and public involvement
  • Ensuring compliance with Cancer Research measures for the national cancer peer review programme, for SSGs, MDTs, AngCN Board and the Research Networks
  • Assessing the impact on patients, the public and the NHS of having managed cancer research networks.
The strategy will continue to be reviewed and developed by the Anglia Research Executive Group working with its stakeholder partners.