The NHS Cancer Programme’s strategic approach to Faster Diagnosis of Cancer brings together previously separate objectives relating to RDCs and Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS), Best Practice Timed Pathways and seeks to align this work with other related programmes such as the CDC programme. It supersedes the RDC Vision and Implementation Specification published in 2019.
The new framework consolidates and simplifies the ambitions previously set out in the RDC Vision and Implementation Specification 2019 and the FDS Best Practice Timed Pathways documents. It sets out an approach to implementation focused on more measurable objectives, supported by more specific metrics that are directly linked to the impact delivered by the programme.
NHSE will use the umbrella term of Faster Diagnostic Pathways to describe all cancer pathways following an urgent suspected cancer referral, including the NSS (non-site-specific) pathway. Therefore the programme will be the Faster Diagnosis programme encompassing NSS pathways and BTP / SS pathways. However NHSE acknowledge that where NSS services are called RDCs this can continue, if agreed locally.
For patients with suspected cancer, the Faster Diagnosis Programme aims to deliver: