Have your say on Adult Radiotherapy services

In October, NHS England launched a consultation on radiotherapy services. The consultation is seeking feedback on a new specification for adult radiotherapy services.

Due to the level of interest in the consultation, we have increased the time for people to respond, the consultation will now close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

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.

Our aim is to encourage radiotherapy providers to work together in Networks to concentrate expertise and improve pathways for patients requiring radical radiotherapy for the less common and rarer cancers. This will help to increase access to more innovative radiotherapy treatments, increase clinical trial recruitment and make sure radiotherapy equipment is fully utilised, securing greater value for money. There is no intention to reduce the number of radiotherapy providers, nor is it considered to be a likely outcome of these proposals.  

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 will be seeking more views on these proposals from patients, carers, members of the public, clinicians and anyone else who may have an interest in radiotherapy services. Read the Radiotherapy Service Specification and Consultation Guide.

How people can give their views

NHS England is keen to receive feedback and answer questions on the proposals for the vision of radiotherapy services across England. Feedback 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 2017 to 24 January 2018.

Staying informed about developments in radiotherapy

If you would like to stay informed about NHS England’s work on radiotherapy, you can register as a stakeholder of the Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group.

If you have any questions or comments about the consultation, please get in touch via england.npoc-cancer@nhs.net.