ACE structure and organisation
The Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for the ACE programme is the NHS England National Clinical Director for Cancer. The programme is in the NHS England Early Diagnosis workstream which reports to the Cancer Transformation Board. Rosie Loftus, joint Chief Medical Officer represents Macmillan on Cancer Transformation Board.
ACE programme team
On a day-to-day basis the ACE programme is delivered by a core programme team headed up by the Programme Director.
The ACE programme receives funding from NHS England, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK. Up until March 2016, around £3 million will have been invested centrally. ACE provides only limited funding to projects, so most are funded locally, meaning overall investment in the ACE programme is much higher.
NHS England has provided funding for the Department of Health Policy Research Units (PRUs) to undertake the evaluation of the programme. Cancer Research UK is providing funding to cover the cost of programme team staff and for individual projects.
Macmillan is providing funding to cover the cost of one programme team member, Macmillan GP time spent providing primary care input to the ACE programme (where necessary), and for individual projects.
Projects accepted into the ACE programme can apply for funding to cover project management costs. In addition, ACE has funded modest one-off set-up costs for some projects.
ACE does not fund project running costs, so projects need to obtain such funding elsewhere. Project funding is provided via grant agreements with Macmillan or Cancer Research UK. Not all projects in the ACE programme have applied for ACE funding.