21 July 2015

The National Institute for Health Research has awarded a research team, led by Professor Naomi Fulop of UCL, £1.2 million to study the centralisation of specialist cancer surgical services within London Cancer and Manchester Cancer. The study will commence in September 2015 and will run for three and half years, focusing on the impact of the centralisation of specialist pathways for four cancers across London Cancer and Manchester Cancer.

The research will utilise quantitative and qualitative methods in order to analyse how the centralisations were planned and implemented, as well as the impact these changes had on organisation of and delivery of care, clinical outcomes, patient experience and cost-effectiveness. The study will also analyse the preferences of patients, professionals, and the public for changes of this kind. This research will seek to address a number of important gaps in the evidence on centralising specialist cancer surgery, addressing key priorities highlighted in the Five Year Forward View. It will also build on methods developed by the team in conducting high impact research on other forms of major system change.

The research team is formed of clinicians, patients and academics from UCL, London Cancer, Manchester and the University of Manchester. For further information about the team please click here.