Our focus is on the earlier diagnosis of cancer, improving diagnosis and treatment, and supporting people affected by cancer. 

About us

The NHS North Central London Cancer Alliance works to innovate, coordinate and transform cancer services to support the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer for our local population. We cover the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. We work with our partners including hospital trusts, GP practices, charities, healthcare commissioners, local councils and patients.

We are one of 21 Cancer Alliances in England, as set up by NHS England. Our priorities are focused on meeting the national targets for the early diagnosis and treatment of cancers, and developing pathways for treatment and tailored care for people with a cancer diagnosis.

We are hosted by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the North Central London sector.


The North Central London Cancer Alliance evolved from the National Cancer Vanguard programme established in 2015 by NHS England to look at exemplar ways to transform cancer care. At that time, the organisation spanned the geography across both North Central and East London and parts of Essex, and was called the UCLH Cancer Collaborative and then subsequently the North Central and East London (NCEL) Cancer Alliance. The UCLH Cancer Collaborative, as well as being part of the National Cancer Vanguard, was also the successor organisation to London Cancer, the integrated cancer system.

On 1 April 2020, NCEL Cancer Alliance reconfigured to form two new Cancer Alliances: North Central London and North East London. This new configuration enables a more targeted approach to the needs of the local population, and the North Central London Cancer Alliance works as a partner within the North Central London Integrated Care System

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