Cancer waiting times

Waiting times for cancer services are routinely monitored, with national targets set for the timescales from an urgent referral to an outpatient's appointment, and from diagnosis through to the first, and subsequent, treatment. 

The Cancer Alliance's role is to support the improvement in cancer waiting times by:
  • Supporting transformation projects that improve cancer waiting times
  • Facilitating Alliance-wide engagement through Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Acute Trust managers to review and understand the reasons for pathway breaches.
Which aims to have the following impact:
  • Providers across the region are able to show consistent achievement of 62 day cancer waiting times (as per their submitted Sustainability and Transformation Fund recovery trajectories).
  • Providers are equipped with the tools to meet and sustain the standard.
  • Commissioners are supported to manage performance against these standards.
And contribute to the following outcomes:
  • The East Midlands Cancer Alliance's cancer waiting times performance for the 62 day standard is consistently above the national standard of 85%.
  • Improve patient experience and save more lives.
  • Improve operational performance in cancer care.
  • Improve the quality of care and access to cancer treatment.
  • Improve the quality and access (timeliness) of care and patient satisfaction, measured by the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

  • Provide tools to meet targets.
  • Review and advise on delivery and improvement plans.
  • Provide advice and service improvement support at tumour site level.
  • Facilitate a consistent approach to regional implementation of the national cancer breach allocation guidance.
  • Agree regional data collection process for inter-trust referrals.
  • Agree local and regional policies for inclusion in Commissioner Acute contracts via NHS England Assurance and Delivery colleagues.
  • Monitor and support the implementation of the inter-trust transfer guidance , including implementation of five timed pathways.
  • Contribute to the implementation and adherence to the national 104 day Backstop Policy.
  • Embed and audit inter-trust timely tertiary referrals as per the inter-trust transfer guidance (ITTG) policy. 
  • Work on the pilot feedback from national pilots for future "28 days / Find Out Fast" standard.


Who to contact for further information?
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Quality Improvement Manager