Diagnosis and Treatment Programme

What does the Diagnosis and Treatment programme aim to do?

Once a patient has been referred from their doctor for a cancer diagnosis, we want to make that sure that their experience is as quick, effective and consistent as possible.

This includes identifying and introducing innovative solutions such as using the latest technology, reducing the backlog, improving waiting times and providing diagnostic results more quickly.

If a patient does have cancer, we also want to reduce any differences in cancer treatment, so that all residents in north east London receive the best possible care.

National priorities

Achieving three cancer standards:

  • Faster Diagnosis Standard: a diagnosis or ruling out of cancer within 28 days of referral (set at 75%)
  • 31-day treatment standard: start treatment within 31 days of a decision to treat (set at 96%)
  • 62-day treatment standard: start treatment within 62 days of being referred (set at 85%)
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Local priorities

  • Improve decision-making using a QI methodology
  • Support delivery of the Faster Diagnosis 28-day standard
  • Support the development of our clinically-led structure of expert reference groups
  • Identify innovative solutions to pathway issues identified in the system through national pilots and local research projects.
  • Address the health inequalities that may exists in the treatments being offered across North East London.
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How do we work?

The Diagnosis and Treatment programme works with two key stakeholder groups:

Acute Providers: as the main delivery vehicle of cancer treatment and diagnosis we work with our providers to identify solutions to improving cancer care

Patients: we work closely with our Patient and Carer Voice in Cancer group to make sure we develop and improve services with input from patients and carers

Find out more about how the team works to achieve both national and local priorities.

Key achievements


Improving MDTs

Improving the quality of multidisciplinary meetings, which are central to the management of patients with cancer, by bringing together cancer teams from across north east London to share best practice and lessons learned. At a dedicated event we brought together over 50 cancer staff to look at how we can make positive changes to treatment and care for cancer patients.

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Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre

Designed by patients for patients, the Mile End Early Diagnosis Centre is an innovative collaboration between three acute providers (Barts Health; Barking Havering and Redbridge University Trust; and Homerton University Hospitals), which is delivering over 16,500 vital cancer tests annually. We have recently added a new MRI suite, which is providing an extra 4,500 scans a year for all residents across north east London.

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Top performer against national standards

Recent national statistics for cancer show that North East London Cancer Alliance is the top performer in a number of key metrics, reflecting the ongoing work to improve cancer services for local residents across north east London.


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Robotic diagnostic services

King George Hospital in Ilford is the first in the country to offer a robotic colonoscopy machine. Patients benefit from a painless and non-invasive procedure compared to a traditional colonoscopy and will not require any sedation meaning faster recovery.

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Diagnosis and Treatment projects

Our team is working on a wide-range of innovative projects which are helping us to deliver against both national and local priorities, which will lead to better cancer services for patients.

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