Major new research study on the impact of system-wide reorganisation of cancer services
14 July 2015
A research team led by Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Department of Applied Health Research) has been awarded £1.2 million over three and a half years by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme to study the centralisation of specialist cancer surgical services.
The study, starting in September 2015, will focus on the impact of the
centralisation of specialist surgical pathways for four cancers across two
health care systems: London Cancer (a network of providers across North Central
and North East London, and West Essex; population 3.2m) and Manchester Cancer
(covering Greater Manchester and East Cheshire; population 3.1m). The research
team is formed of clinicians, patients, and academics from London (UCL and
London Cancer) and Manchester (University of Manchester and Manchester Cancer).
Professor Fulop commented:
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to study the impact of these major changes to cancer services across two health systems (London Cancer and Manchester Cancer) as they have the potential to greatly improve the outcomes and experience for many patients."
The research will combine quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse how the centralisations were planned and implemented, and the impact of the changes on organisation and delivery of care, clinical outcomes, patient experience, and cost-effectiveness. The study will also analyse patient, professional, and public preferences for changes of this kind. In doing so, it will address a number of important gaps in the evidence on centralising specialist cancer surgery, addressing key priorities highlighted in the Five Year Forward View. In addition, it will build on methods developed by the team in conducting high impact research on other forms of major system change.
Professor Naomi Fulop (Chief Investigator)
Professor Steve Morris
Ms Rachael Hunter
Dr Angus Ramsay
Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones
Mr John Hines
Mr Neil Cameron
University of Manchester
Professor Ruth Boaden
Mr David Shackley
NIHR HS&DR project webpage: http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/hsdr/144619