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TCST Newsletter

June 2023
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Welcome from Sue Maughn

Head of Cancer, Programme Director,
Transforming Cancer Services Team

Welcome to our June newsletter - highlighting the range of projects and programmes that the Transforming Cancer Services Team is currently working on in partnership with stakeholders to improve outcomes from cancer for Londoners and support the delivery of cancer services across London.

Key updates this time include: an introduction to our new brand and team identity; the launch of our FutureNHS workspace; new cancer data publications; our recent demand and capacity modelling project on imaging reporting in north central London; and some new education and training opportunities available to colleagues across London with an interest in cancer services.

Branding Update

TCST welcomes new unique identity as part of Transformation Partners in Health and Care
In the last edition of this newsletter, we introduced you to our new parent organisation - Transformation Partners in Health and Care - and our new corporate brand. As an extension of this process, TCST has recently introduced a new sub-brand to champion the work of the team and create a unique identity for our service. You can see our new sub brand at the top of this newsletter, and it will be included across all of our corporate marketing and communications in the future.

Team news

TCST launches new FutureNHS workspace
The Transforming Cancer Services Team for London has recently launched a new workspace on the FutureNHS platform to improve two-way communication with our stakeholders and provide an interactive forum for discussions on cancer services across our city.

The new workspace is open to anyone working across the NHS and within stakeholder organisations with a particular interest in improving cancer services.

Early Diagnosis news

FIT in secondary care pilot project to launch across north east London
A project to promote the use of Faecal Immunohistochemical Testing (FIT) in urgent secondary care is scheduled to launch this summer across two hospital sites in north east London. The aim of the pilot is to reduce the time to diagnosis by investigating high-risk patients who present to secondary care emergency departments with lower GI red flag symptoms.

Personalised Care news

Understanding the psychological impact of waiting for cancer tests on patients
Last year, TCST conducted a project on behalf of North Central London Integrated Care Board to understand the psychological impact of waiting for cancer tests and results for patients and their loved ones.

We are delighted that all recommendations from the project and the three year plan were endorsed by the North Central London Cancer Programme Board on 28 March 2023.

Liz Price, Senior Programme Manager and Dr Philippa Hyman, Associate Director have also presented the project at two conferences this Spring:

You can download copies of the final report and the focus group thematic report.

Cancer Data news

Publication of 2022 Urgent Suspected Referral (USC) Analysis for London
TCST has recently published the most recent USC Referral Analysis for London, which can be downloaded on our website.

The two-week urgent referral pathway for suspected cancer is a key part of NHS England’s national cancer strategy for achieving earlier diagnosis and improved survival rates in England. Highlights from the latest data show:

  • an 8% rise in the number of people seen urgently with a suspected cancer;
  • skin, breast and lower GI had the highest number of suspected cancer referrals in 2022;
  • 4.9% of suspected cancer referrals were diagnosed with cancer.

Diagnostic Optimisation news

Demand and capacity modelling for imaging reporting
TCST is currently supporting a pilot project for imaging reporting demand and capacity modelling across two NHS Trusts in North Central London (NCL): The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and The Whittington Health NHS Trust. The pilot has focused on developing an approach to identify the capacity requirements for imaging reporting to support service planning improvements and reduce delays.

This pilot follows the success of a system level demand and capacity modelling project for imaging acquisition across NCL.

Cancer Waits news

New Cancer Waits Guidance training package launched across London
Delivering on the cancer waits standards remains a priority within the NHS. TCST has developed a training package in collaboration with London Cancer Alliances which is being delivered to staff across the city in 2023.

So far this year, we’ve delivered the training to over 420 colleagues across the NHS in London.

The training sessions are aimed at, but not limited to, multidisciplinary team coordinators, pathway navigators, service managers, clinicians and cancer alliance colleagues.

Education and Training news

National Primary Care (Personalised Cancer Care) online discussion group: 20 June 2023
As part of the TCST series of educational programmes and events, we’ll be hosting our next online National Primary Care discussion group on personalised cancer care on 20 June.

The group is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in personalised cancer care and the role of primary care to come together and discuss key topics and share learnings and expertise.

Cancer Community of Practice live event: 21 June 2023
The next Cancer Community of Practice event will take place on 21 June at the CLCH Academy in central London from 8:50am to 12:45pm.

The theme of the event this time will be quality improvement and exploring what could be done differently at an individual practice level to improve cancer care for patients.

Awareness Events

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: 19-24 June 2023
According to research by Macmillan Cancer Support, one in every four women don’t attend their cervical screening test, and London has some of the lowest rates in the country, standing at just 65.7% of eligible individuals (NHS Digital, 2021). The reasons for this can be varied, from a general lack of awareness about cervical screening through to concern about the test itself or a potential diagnosis.

19-24 June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week, raising the profile of the important role of cervical screening in early diagnosis, treatment and improved patient outcomes.

Sarcoma Awareness Month: July 2023
July is Sarcoma Awareness Month, with the focus this year being on early diagnosis and improving treatment options for people living with and beyond bone and soft tissue cancers.

We’ve been continuing our work in supporting the London and South East Sarcoma Network’s (LSESN) clinical advisory group and London Region Specialised Commissioning team to develop the soft tissue sarcoma diagnostic pathway and improve outcomes for patients diagnosed with bone and soft tissue cancers. A key part of this work is ensuring that the pathway meets the diverse needs of patients and reducing variations in access to treatment and services.

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