The Clinical Quality Groups (CQGs) are the source of expert clinical and professional advice on a wide range of cancer services issues.
CQGs adopt an evidence- based approach, incorporating national best-practice guidance into local practice to ensure common standards and pathways for cancer patients.
In Cheshire & Merseyside Clinical Quality Groups are established for tumour-specific pathways and cross cutting themes such as diagnostics, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and acute oncology.
The role of the CQG is to ensure co-ordination of the cancer pathway and consistency of clinical practice irrespective of where treatment is provided. Areas that the CQGs focus on include:
- Identifying and raising awareness of population needs
- Service monitoring including clinical performance and patient outcomes
- Workforce development
- Increasing research capacity
- Implementation of clinical guidelines
- Development of local pathways and service specifications
- Responding to concerns or inequalities raised through monitoring processes
- Advising on matters relating to service reconfiguration
Each CQG has a nominated lead/chair who works with the Cancer Alliance Medical Director to ensure the development and delivery of work plans for each group.
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