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Formerly St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

MWL Cancer Services - Pathway Changes Spring 2023

Welcome to Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Cancer Services.

This is an information section to support colleagues in General Practice located in St Helens, Knowsley and Halton. The information on this page will be updated as it becomes available to keep you informed of any changes to our cancer pathways.

The Faster Diagnosis Programme (FDP)

As you are aware the FDP team have been working with the Cancer Alliance for the past two years to implement the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS) as guided by NHS England.

The aims of the FDP are:

  • Support earlier and faster diagnosis through the development of efficient diagnostic pathways.
  • Provide an improved personalised diagnostic experience, whilst reducing unwarranted variation and addressing health inequalities, ensuring patient voice informs development.
  • Deliver standardisation across services where clinically appropriate and share best practice, with a focus on evaluation and sustainability of all fast diagnosis developments.
  • Support innovative solutions to earlier diagnosis, risk stratification and patient care, enabling teams to innovate to achieve better patient experience and outcomes.
  • Improve opportunities for cancer workforce development and deliver new ways of working.
  • Ensure Primary Care Network and GP involvement is a core part of faster diagnosis design and delivery, reducing barriers between primary and secondary care. 
  • Work with the Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) Programme to ensure we take every opportunity to improve and optimise access to diagnostic capacity for cancer pathways and ensure the CDC programme aligns with the faster diagnosis principles.

We have worked closely with Primary Care leads and Place Teams in St Helens, Knowsley and Halton throughout.

The contact details for each of the Place Team Leads can be found below:

St Helens

Email: St Helens

Tel: 01744 457 237

Website: St Helens - NHS Cheshire and Merseyside


Email: Knowsley

Tel: 0151 244 4126

Website: Knowsley - NHS Cheshire and Merseyside


Email: Halton

Tel: 01925 944 443

Website: Halton - NHS Cheshire and Merseyside

Please use the individual links below to find out more regarding current work within specific cancer sites:

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