London Cancer is the integrated cancer system serving north east and central London and west Essex. This means we work with healthcare providers in these areas to deliver comprehensive and seamless cancer care to all patients from diagnosis, through treatment, to living with and beyond cancer. We also work to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and uptake of cancer screening programmes, with the aim of enabling earlier diagnosis and prevention where possible.
London Cancer is currently part of UCLPartners. We are transitioning to be hosted within the University College London Hospital Cancer (UCLH) Collaborative (part of the national cancer vanguard) in September 2016. Our goal is to develop a system where all healthcare providers come together to deliver cancer care that focuses on the needs of the patient. By working together in this way, patients will receive the same high level of care, no matter where they live.
London has some of the worst cancer clinical outcomes in England and has low levels of patient satisfaction compared to other parts of the country. In 2010, the Cancer Services Case for Change identified that late diagnosis was a major contributing factor to these poor outcomes. It recommended radically re-organising care, raising public and primary care awareness of the warning signs of cancer and the importance of early presentation. London Cancer was created in 2011 in response to the recommendations made in the Case for Change, with patient involvement at the heart of what we do.
In 2014 and 2015 NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and the Independent Cancer Taskforce, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes emphasised poor outcomes and experience as issues that still need to be tackled across England. London Cancer’s work continues to be highly relevant to the national improvement agenda.
Moving forward, London Cancer will become part of UCLH and will be one of six programmes of work that make up the UCLH cancer strategy for 2015-2020.
This move to UCLH comes as part of the National Cancer Vanguard which sees the UCLH Cancer Collaborative, RM Partners and Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard joining forces to lead on the accelerated delivery of key outcomes from Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England.
We will continue to support cancer care providers in our region and remain committed to driving improvements in patient outcomes and experience, and patient/carer involvement. Our work to reduce variation, and expand self-managed care is one of the four pillars of the UCLH Cancer Collaborative.