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GIRFT launches NHS Cancer Programme review into services for head and neck cancer patients

NHS England’s GIRFT programme has appointed a team of seven specialist clinicians to lead a national review into services for head and neck cancer patients.

Commissioned and funded by NHS England’s Cancer Programme, the new workstream will focus on supporting England’s Cancer Alliances to better provide timely, equitable and effective care which delivers the best outcomes for both patients and NHS colleagues. The review aims to cover organisational issues, such as MDT working and workforce, as well as specific stages along the pathway, including improving time to diagnosis and treatment.

A questionnaire for trusts is being prepared to help gather data on the current picture for services, and the team hope to begin deep dive visits in summer 2023.

The seven appointed clinicians have a wealth of knowledge from across the MDT, including speech and language therapy, oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, dietetics, nursing and oncology. Find out more on the GIRFT website.

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