A Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria
Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs)
The Cancer Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) are the source of expert clinical and professional opinion from which advice is sought on a wide range of cancer services issues. CRGs adopt an evidence-based approach, incorporating national best practice guidance into local practice to ensure common standards and pathways for cancer patients.
In Lancashire and South Cumbria, Cancer CRGs are established for tumour-specific pathways and cross cutting themes such as chemotherapy, psychology, and acute oncology.
The groups are made up of health professionals from the acute trusts in the strategic clinical network footprint.
The groups meet three times per year, holding two to three business meetings and one educational/audit meeting.
Role and purpose (tumour/pathway specific groups)
The role of the CRG is to ensure co-ordination of the cancer pathway and consistency of clinical practice irrespective of where treatment is provided.
Identifying and raising awareness of population needs
Service monitoring including clinical performance and patient outcomes
Increasing research capacity
Implementation of clinical guidelines
Development of local pathways and service specifications
Responding to concerns or inequalities raised through monitoring processes
Advising on matters relating to service reconfiguration
These key functions will inform the development of the Cancer CRG work plans.