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Framework for Effective Cancer Management

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The Framework for Effective Cancer Management was refreshed and published in December 2021.

The Framework is a guidance tool for Cancer Teams across NHS Scotland to help diagnose cancer earlier and faster. It provides Boards with the tools to improve patient experience and cancer waiting times, across 8 key elements:

  1. Corporate Responsibility
  2. Optimal Referral
  3. Initiating the Pathway
  4. Dynamic Tracking and Escalation
  5. Optimal Diagnostics
  6. Effective MDT
  7. Treatment
  8. Collective Strength

Tailored support is provided to Boards to embed all elements of the Framework.

The CfSD Cancer Improvement and Earlier Diagnosis Team supports the Framework and embedding of its 8 key principles, with close collaboration with Scottish Government. This has included supporting the development of national regrading guidance to ensure the right person is on the right pathway at the right time.

A toolkit has been developed alongside the guidance for NHS teams to share best practice examples. NHS Scotland staff can access the Cancer Good Practice Repository on Turas Learn


NHS Scotland Cancer National Referral Regrading Guidance [PDF]