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Acute oncology services have developed differently throughout the UK, but there are common principles. The documents below provide guidance and recommendations for the development and implementation of acute oncology services.

  • The Clinical Advice to Cancer Alliances for the Commissioning of Acute Oncology Services (NHS England):The purpose of this document is to inform cancer and urgent care commissioners (specialist commissioning and local clinical commissioning Groups) and Providers of the requirements for establishing effective Acute Oncology services and outcome metrics and to recognise Acute Oncology as a vehicle to continuously improve the quality, safety and delivery of seamless urgent cancer care across primary, secondary and tertiary boundaries 
  •  Wales Acute Oncology Standards:These standards have been developed to provide a foundation for the NHS in Wales to plan and deliver effective high quality services for people with cancer, either known, or yet to be diagnosed, who present acutely to the NHS. These standards for acute oncology build on the current chemotherapy standards integral to the National Cancer Standards for Wales 

Regional projects

North Merseyside Macmillan Project: Urgent Care and Cancer& Cancer Care of the Elderly . Emerging evidence through data analysis  and patient engagement.

Written by Dr Ernie Marshall (CCC Oncologist and Clinical Lead) and Elliot Graves (Macmillan Project Manager) with support from the

Macmillan Project Team and Project Board



Acute oncology services have also developed locally to suit service demand and available resources.

We are keen to share resources that you have developed and information that you have collected.

For example:

  •  Acute oncology operational policies

  • Job Descriptions for all disciplines

  • Pathways and guidelines

  • Service reviews and data

If you would like to contribute to the resource library please contact us here


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