The North East London Cancer Alliance is helping GPs to deliver the asks in the PCN DES.

Support for the PCN DES

We have produced a PCN DES and QOF Support Guide to support practices to deliver the asks in the PCN DES, which has been approved by our GP cancer leads. 

We have also created a Quick Wins Checklist, which is a single page of suggested actions to help you achieve the PCN DES. Further useful resources are also available on our PCN DES Google Drive.

Further advice on the PCN DES can be accessed via the Cancer Research UK webpages and the NHSE guidance is here.

PCN cancer facilitators

The PCN cancer facilitators are available to support PCNs to deliver the requirements of early diagnosis PCN DES. The support includes:

  • Facilitate quality improvement, including reflection on comparative cancer data, referrals and audits and learning event analysis.
  • Support action planning and use of ongoing quality improvement methodologies.
  • Facilitate improvement in cancer screening, prevention and early diagnosis.
  • Work with the whole team as needed – including GPs, nurses, clinical pharmacists, physician associates, other clinicians and non-clinical staff.
  • Provide training to staff on cancer screening and cancer related processes such as safety netting.
  • Work with PCNs to support a reduction in health inequalities.

We have three PCN facilitators for north east London:

Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge: Naeema Akther – Naeema.akther@nhs.net

City & Hackney and Newham: Jessica Lewsey – jessica.lewsey@nhs.net

Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest: Lubna Patel – lubna.patel6@nhs.net