2021/22 priorities:

  • Engage PCNs in the RDS programme of work to ensure their understanding, engagement and input
  • Support PCNs to implement and deliver the Direct Enhanced Service Specification for cancer
  • Provide education, tools, resources and data to enable PCNs to improve access, referral quality, clinical decisions and reducing inequalities
  • Deliver a programme of early identification work to support the public to recognise signs and symptoms and ensure primary care colleagues are equipped with the tools and information to spot signs of cancer early and refer quickly or undertake differential diagnosis (funded separately to the core RDC programme)
  • Through the pathway-based projects bring primary and secondary care colleagues together to design systems, processes and pathways that deliver seamless RDS pathways across primary and secondary care
  • Increase access to primary care led testing, for example FIT testing for LGI cancer and ultrasound for gynaecological cancer.
  • Ensure that RDS projects take account of existing and developing PSFU pathways and roles, for example ensuring RDC support workers deliver a seamless transition to PSFU support workers and services.