Acute oncology

Key personnel

Introduction to the pathway group

The acute oncology service pathway group brings together specialist expertise from primary, secondary and tertiary care as well as patients and users of the service to enable development of high quality patient centred care.

The acute oncology pathway group supports the aims and objectives of the LCA in providing world class cancer services across south and west London. It aims to improve cancer patients' experience and outcomes through delivering excellence in clinical care, research, innovation and education with particular emphasis on earlier diagnosis.


  • Draw on the highest levels of expertise in its decision making.
  • Review evidence and current performance of pathways within the LCA with regard to outcomes, model of care recommendations and best practice.
  • Develop improvement plans and make recommendations for improvement to the Clinical Board.
  • Undertake a baseline audit of the performance of each organisation against delivery of the relevant model of care recommendations. The audit will include review against the model of care co-dependency framework.
  • Agree and establish current best practice, and develop an exemplar best practice pathway.
  • Undertake a baseline assessment against the exemplar pathway, confirming the extent to which practice in each organisation is in line with this best practice.
  • Ensure the appropriate level of engagement with patients, primary care and other key stakeholders, such as public health, ensuring bi-annual stakeholder events.
  • Be compliant with peer review requirements.
  • Merge existing guidelines for each cancer network within the LCA to produce a single document used across the LCA. If these do not already exist the pathway group should produce a new set of guidelines for the LCA on its specific tumour site or pathway.


Ensure an acute oncology service is in place across the LCA leading to:

  • reduced emergency admissions
  • improved pathways for cancers of unknown origin
  • early diagnosis
  • treatment for patients seen in the most appropriate setting
  • improved patient outcomes and experience

There are no specific national targets for acute oncology. The pathway group has contributed a number of indicators that ensure high standards of patient centred care and clinical effectiveness.

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