NHS England has launched an 8 week consultation on radiotherapy services. The consultation is seeking feedback on a new specification for adult radiotherapy services.
Radiotherapy is a core part of modern cancer treatment. It can cure cancers, can assist in alleviating symptoms and is cost effective. It is second only to surgery in its effectiveness in treating cancer and around 40% of patients who are cured receive radiotherapy as part of or the whole of their treatment.
The development of the proposed service specification sits alongside NHS England’s £130 million investment in radiotherapy equipment, which was announced last year and is aimed at delivering the vision for radiotherapy services. The proposed specification sets out how modernised services should be organised across England so that patients can access sustainable, high-quality and safe treatment. It also describes the benefits of doing things differently, and why the changes are needed
The specification has been developed by talking to doctors, nurses, radiographers and public and patient engagement groups and was informed by a period of stakeholder engagement in 2016. A report of this work is available.
Through the consultation, NHS England would like to get more views on these proposals from patients, carers, members of the public, clinicians and anyone else who may have an interest in radiotherapy services. Before completing the survey, please read the Radiotherapy Service Specification and Consultation Guide. You might also like to read the Supporting information and Impact Assessment.
If you would like to hear more about these proposals, then please join one of the following webinars that NHS England are running by clicking on the link to the corresponding date.
- 14 November 2017 – from 2pm – 3:30pm
- 5 December 2017 – from 2pm-3.30pm
- 7 December 2017 – from 3:00pm – 4:30pm
How to give your views
NHS England is keen to receive feedback and answer your questions on the proposals for the vision of radiotherapy services across England. Your views will help NHS England to further shape and refine proposals for the delivery of safe and effective high quality radiotherapy services that are easy for people to access and meets their needs.
The consultation period runs from 18 October to 18 December 2017.
You can give your views through the online survey by clicking here.
Alternatively you can also email or write to the address below.
Write to: Radiotherapy Consultation, NHS England, Floor 3B, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH.