Thee overall aims and objectives of the work was to reduce the time between referral and treatment and provide all patients with a clear diagnosis within 28 days of referral by their GP. In addition, this should also provide a clearer pathway for patients with fewer visits to healthcare settings and enhanced communication.
The NHSE best timed cancer pathways include rapid diagnostic principles and straight to test pathways. The GM Cancer projects commenced in April 2019 and concluded in March 2021. Each was a multi-stakeholder effort, including patients and carers affected by cancer and advising the project Diagnostic Sub Groups, Pathway Boards and further supporting and assisting with the development and creation of patient experience surveys.
Despite the critical impact of COVID-19, these pathways have now been achieved and implemented across Greater Manchester. The introduction of new Pathway Navigator teams across all three pathways has led to improved support for patients and their carers during their diagnostic and treatment journey