Leading cancer hospitals will join forces to save more lives 

25/09/2015 00:00 
UCLH Cancer, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust have been chosen to form a collaborative cancer care partnership with the potential to save hundreds of lives each year.
 

The partnership is one of a number of acute care collaboration vanguard bids announced today by NHS England. It will aim to expand the existing cancer networks to give patients earlier diagnosis and reduce variations in the quality and cost of care.

Vanguard sites are partnerships which propose new care models to support improvement and integration of patient services. Each one will take a lead on the development of those new care models and act as blueprints for the NHS as a whole.
The vanguard aims are reducing and eliminating avoidable variations in the cost and quality of care and affordably delivering earlier diagnosis for cancers.

UCLH Cancer, The Royal Marsden and The Christie will now take forward detailed proposals to determine funding, governance and care pathways needed to deliver the partnership.

Sir Robert Naylor, chief executive of UCLH, said: “We are delighted that our cancer vanguard proposals have been positively received.  The future is about collaboration not competition, built on networks not institutions.”

Cally Palmer CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden, said: “We are delighted to be working together with The Christie and UCLH to develop a new cancer care partnership that will transform early diagnosis and detection of cancer and improve quality, efficiency and the care of the patients.”
 
Roger Spencer, chief executive of The Christie, said: “A strong and cohesive leadership of the cancer pathway is vital for effective service delivery. By aligning and unifying our efforts, we can create a future model that will reduce the variations that exist in cancer services and drive improvements in both clinical outcomes and patient experience.”


Full list of UCLH partners: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; UCL Partners; CRUK, Macmillan Cancer Support, , Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust; Barts Health NHS Trust; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust; Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust; The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust; The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust plus all 13 CCGs of North Central and East London. Public Health England, the FARR institute and Cambridge University

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