The Northern Cancer Alliance prioritises work to streamline and improve the cancer pathways.
This ‘pathway’ typically includes the following stages:
- Referral into services
- Follow up and living with and beyond cancer support
Some of these steps will take place within the same hospital/clinical setting, some will take place at a specialist centre.
NCA seeks to refine processes to improve intra-provider (between departments in one hospital) and inter-provider (between a hospital and a specialist centre) transfers.
At all points along the pathway NCA considers the patient experience alongside the cancer care provider perspective. This work is outlined in the Public Involvement section.