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Welcome to the NCL CCG Cancer education page; a resource designed to help GPs, practice nurses and primary care teams across NCL to find educational and learning resources related to cancer, all in one section.

PCN Cancer Dashboard

Dear practice colleagues,

NCL Cancer Team has put this dynamic dashboard together with input from cancer leads and their colleagues. We hope you find it helpful in managing your practice cancer care.

This is the new version of the dashboard, which we are continually updating, so if you have any queries relating to your personal practice data, please contact our team: Lucy McLaughlin or Ashi Naveed via shared inbox

Many thanks for all your support in developing this dashboard and continuing support in providing care for patients with cancer.

Dr. Clare Stephens (Clinical SRO, Cancer Programme, NCL)

Download the PCN Cancer Dashboard

Early Cancer Diagnosis DES/QOF Resources and the Cancer PCN Dashboards

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented specific challenges with regards to cancer. Two of the most significant impacts were a sharp reduction in the number of people coming forward to general practice and being referred urgently with suspected cancer, and reduced access and referral from cancer screening programmes.

The 2021/22 DES contract specification and the QOF QI module both recognise the pivotal role that GPs play in diagnosing cancer earlier and support the NHS Long Term Plan ambition to diagnose 75% of cancers at stage one or two by 2028.

It is important that you have the tools, information and support you require to deliver the DES and QOF priorities. Please see the list of information and guidance documents and tools below, along with the Downloads section for the second iteration of the NCL Primary Care Network Cancer Dashboards.

The dashboards have been developed primarily to support primary care with delivering the objectives set out in the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service, Early Cancer Diagnosis Guidance and QOF Quality Improvement domain 2020/21 early diagnosis of cancer guidance.

The dashboard will help practices and wider NCL stakeholders understand the degree of variation across NCL and enable PCN’s to benchmark themselves against the various indicators and prioritise areas for focus.

Information and guidance documents and tools to support GPs to deliver the 21/22 DES/QOF Priorities for Early Cancer Diagnosis are below:

Cancer Research UK facilitators & GP Hub

CRUK facilitators are working in NCL to support PCNs to improve cancer outcomes for their patients and help fulfil their early diagnosis and DES requirements. CRUK facilitators can support your network with quality improvement activities on prevention, early diagnosis and screening.

To invite your CRUK facilitator along to your PCN meeting to hear more about what they can provide and how they can support you, please email or Bethany Shaw directly at

The CRUK GP Contract Hub is also now updated with 2021/22 cancer guidance.

NCL primary care cancer webinars

A new pathway for managing patients with lower GI suspicious symptoms has been introduced in NCL. It includes the monitoring of patients whose FIT result is less than 10.

The new management of patients with suspicious lower abdominal symptoms (FIT < 10 NG12 Safety Netting Pathway) webinar (see right) for primary care professionals explains when and how to use the different referral routes, as well as other developments in diagnosing patients with lower GI symptoms. The webinar took place on 17 May 2021.

More webinars on other cancer topics such as breast cancer, rapid access diagnostic centres, urological cancers and sarcoma are also available on the NCL Cancer Alliance Youtube Channel.

Toolkits and referral guides

Healthy London Partnership

North Central & East London Cancer Alliance

Cancer Research UK

Learning modules

Watch the Cancer care review template for Emis Web Macmillan video explaining how to use the London cancer care review template

GP practices in North Central and East London can access courses from GatewayC (CPD points available); register on the GatewayC website.

The CRUK cancer screening awareness session is aimed at reception/admin staff and can be delivered during a lunch period.

Find out more and arrange a session on the CRUK website.

Other e-learning resources:

Clinical thinking: Cancer, reflection and appraisal

Cancer survival in the UK is below the European average. No one knows why. Yet frontline doctors can frequently identify factors that could have improved the outcome for individual cases.

The appraisal system can be used to collect and coordinate these individual reflections, and by co-ordinating them, create the agenda to improve cancer pathways based on the insights and needs of frontline practitioners. 

You may like to therefore think about including at least one study of a recent cancer case in this year’s appraisal, though this is not compulsory. You may well have other cases that are of greater significance, and you are free to choose.

But case reflection is important for revalidation, as it is one of the best ways to demonstrate that you can detect learning and other quality improvement needs, it is an opportunity for general practice to coordinate quality improvement activity and, with the full support of NHS England, to make the profession’s clinical reasoning the basis for improving cancer pathways. 

Download the cancer SEA appraisal template