NHS England “would like to highlight and congratulate” Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as one of just 14 CCGs in the country which have been consistently rated Outstanding for the last two years.
Cancer is one of several healthcare priorities examined as part of the Improvement and Assessment Framework (IAF) for CCGs. A national cancer ‘strategy’ has been in place for England since July 2015. It is predicted that once fully established, it could save 30,000 lives each year. This rating reflects how our CCG is performing against the standards set in 2015.
There are four key areas in which the CCG has shown continued progress: one-year survival rates; early stage diagnosis; speed of referral and overall patient experience.
Sue Watkinson who leads Cancer Care and Performance at the CCG said, “We are pleased to support the provision of a high standard of care for patients. It is also good to see that our hard work has been recognised at national level.
“Credit is due to all the staff involved with providing such brilliant care, in our local hospitals and in the community.”
Dr Oliver Stovin and Dr Stuti Mukherjee, GP cancer leads at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “It is great news that our local cancer services have been rated outstanding and is down to the excellent NHS staff working in the service.
“Early diagnosis is important for a good recovery. Anyone who thinks they have symptoms that could be cancer should see their GP straight away, as the earlier it’s caught the easier it is to treat. Some symptoms could be a sign of many things, not just cancer, but it is important to get yourself checked early.”