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Cancer Treatment

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to encourage the (a) cancer networks, (b) strategic health authorities and (c) work force development directorate to implement National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on specialist nurses. (106343)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a series of guidance for the national health service, setting out recommendations on how services should be arranged for patients with cancer. This series of guidance is called improving outcomes guidance (IOG) and covers each main tumour type.

The IOG series sets out that clinical nurse specialists should be core members of the expert teams that co-ordinate care for cancer patients.

It is for cancer networks to work in partnership with strategic health authorities and work force development directorates to assess, plan and review their work force needs and the education and training of all staff, including specialist nurses, linked to local and national priorities for cancer, including implementation of NICE improving outcomes guidance.