Lung cancer commissioning guide
The current NHS reforms present a range of opportunities and challenges for those involved in the planning and the delivery of lung cancer services. In recognition of this, the United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition (UKLCC) has compiled a commissioning guide which highlights some of the key resources available for local commissioners when designing lung cancer services.
These changes will see clinical commissioning groups assume responsibility for planning and purchasing local health services from primary care trusts, and health and wellbeing boards becoming involved in assessing the health needs of local populations. This guide is intended to signpost these new bodies to key information and tools to enable them to commission high quality lung cancer services. These resources include:
- National Lung Cancer Audit which assesses the performance of local lung cancer services and enables areas for improvement to be identified
- Cancer Commissioning Toolkit developed by the National Cancer Intelligence Network
- Lung Cancer Quality Standard produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which sets out key markers of high quality lung cancer care to inform the work of commissioners, providers and healthcare professionals, and provide clear information to patients about the kind of care and support they should expect to receive
We hope that this guide is a useful addition to the support available to commissioners and will help to ensure that the health reforms deliver better outcomes for lung cancer patients.