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Merseyside and Cheshire Cancer Network

The Merseyside & Cheshire Cancer Network was formed in 2000 and links together the organisations that provide care for people with cancer across Merseyside and Cheshire. The network covers a population of 2.3 million people.

We work closely with patients, carers, health professionals and managers to improve cancer services and to implement national and local NHS strategies.

The network harnesses the input of over 600 clinicians of all disciplines in all organisations (primary, secondary, public health and independent sector), 200 patient and carer representatives and a similar number of managers and related professionals (e.g. information analysts and health promotion specialists) in both commissioning and provider roles who collaborate to:

  • Understand population health needs and design pathways of care to meet these needs
  • Collaborate on the commissioning  of services that span multiple localities
  • Benchmark outcomes locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Develop and spread best practice and evidence-based care that improves both the quality of care and productivity
  • Ensure consistency of service provision and outcome across the network, including equity of access and the reduction of health inequalities
  • Focus upon the delivery of key performance targets (e.g.  waiting times, screening programmes, cancer incidence, mortality and survival)
  • Quality-assure cancer services provided within the network by co-ordinating an on-going programme of audits and full participation in the national Peer Review programme.

From April 2011, all of the clinical networks in Merseyside and Cheshire (cancer, cardiac, stroke, kidney, major trauma, neurosciences, critical care, neonatal care and end of life care) have been brought together under the same management structure to improve efficiency, make better use of resources and most importantly work together on cross cutting areas across the whole of the patients’ pathways.

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