PCA Literature Review
A new approach to suspected cancer pathways.
The Peninsula Cancer Alliance commissioned NHS South Central and West Commissioning Support Unit to undertake a Rapid Literature Review. This was in anticipation of the need to make the offer of remote appointments with cancer clinicians are more common practice due to the the COVID-19 pandemic. This need stems from:
- Efforts to address back logs created by the NHS COVID-19 response (Phase 3 Recovery).
- The need for cancer pathways to be more tailored and stratified to create much needed capacity in the system. This is to meet the pre-pandemic demand and a year on year growth in cancer services.
- Uncertainty regarding future restrictions as a result of the pandemic.
The Rapid Literature Review was asked to cover:
- The impact the pandemic has had on cancer services and patients
- How remote consultation methods are used in cancer care across the whole patient pathway, and the effectiveness of these methods
- The experiences of patients and clinicians using them
- Issues relating to impact on health inequalities, ethics and governance, and organisational and workforce requirements
Documents can be downloaded using the below links;