Network team

The Network Team develops an annual work programme agreed by the Board and progress on the work programme is managed by the Board. The Team provides expert advice and leadership on cancer policy, develops effective partnerships for commissioning cancer services and ensures plans are in place for meeting nationally defined, evidence based quality standards for cancer.

The Network also aims to provide an overview of cancer services in the region identifying local needs and priorities through six locality groups based around commissioning populations in PCTs. The Team leads the development of cancer service plans and care pathways working closely with commissioners to specify services and ensure these comply with national standards.

The Network also develops quality assurance processes and works with healthcare providers on plans for improving services, for example:

  • in the areas of access and waiting times
  • agreeing quality improvements following expert external peer review
  • user involvement and
  • other service improvements all aimed at improving cancer services for patients.

The Team provides information on the implementation of action plans for cancer services for NHS East Of England (the Strategic Health Authority) and Department Of Health and works closely with the East of England Specialised Commissioning Group on rarer cancers delivered to populations larger than the Network's 2.7 million population. The Network links to two Cancer Research Networks (West Anglia Cancer Research Network and Anglia - East Cancer Research Network) which are both part of the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) responsible for running clinical trials in cancer services.