Local cancer specialists steer patient care improvements in North Central London

Cancer network directors have been appointed by the North Central London Cancer Alliance to lead improvements in tumour-specific cancer care for patients. Following an interview process, senior health care professions including nurses, a pharmacist and medical consultants have been appointed to the roles.

Each network director will devote half day a week to working with colleagues to improve patients’ outcomes and experiences of care, including making use of available data about each cancer diagnostic and treatment pathway, and leading efforts to implement changes that benefit patients.

Working with the North Central London Cancer Alliance, the network directors will be the main source of expert advice to local cancer teams. Their responsibilities will include:

  • working with local departments and patients to co-design improvements which lead to better performance, less variation and better experience
  • sharing best practice
  • promoting improvement in the quality of submission of local data

  • producing and reviewing clinical guidelines for cancer care in north central London.

Holly Norman, interim programme director for the North Central London Cancer Alliance said: “It’s an important development for our Cancer Alliance to have a group of clinical experts with clear cut, dedicated time to fulfil their roles. They bring knowledge of our local trusts and their clinical expertise to bear on our efforts to make lasting improvements in cancer care in our part of London. We have appointed experienced people with specialised knowledge, and we will benefit from their detailed scrutiny of our local cancer pathways.”

The network directors are:

NetworkDirectorFull time job titleHospital Trust
Chemotherapy (joint post)Kerry GuileConsultant Nurse, Lead Cancer NurseRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust  
  Simon JenkinsonLead Pharmacist, Cancer ServicesRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Gynaecology Nicola MacDonaldConsultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Gynaecological Oncology University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)  
Head and neck (joint post)Ruheena MendesConsultant Clinical Oncologist (Head and Neck Cancer)UCLH
  Denise FlynnLead Clinical Nurse Specialist (Head and Neck Cancer)  UCLH
Hepato- Pancreato- Biliary (HPB) Prof Joerg-Matthias PollokHPB and Liver Transplant Consultant Surgeon, Clinical Lead for HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgery & Interventional ScienceRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust/UCLH
Lower Gastrointestinal (GI)Chetan BhanClinical Director, Surgery and CancerWhittington Health NHS Trust  
LungAnant PatelConsultant Physician & Co-Clinical Lead Lung Cancer and Clinical Service LeadRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust  
Non-specific symptoms (NSS)Andrew MillarConsultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist Trust Cancer Clinical Lead, Clinical Lead for Upper GI Cancer  North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
UrologyAshoke RoyConsultant UrologistRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Further appointments will be made in the coming months.

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