Coronavirus guidance for health professionals

We understand it's a challenging time for healthcare professionals. That's why we're doing whatever it takes to support you with the latest information, training and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can also access our emotional health and well-being hub to learn about all the ways we're here for you.

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Cancer Decision Support (CDS) tool

The Cancer Decision Support (CDS) tool helps GPs with clinical decision making. It encourages GPs to 'think cancer' and shows the risk of patients having an undiagnosed cancer.

The tool calculates the risk of cancer based on coded information in the patient's file, including:

  • symptoms
  • medical history
  • demographic data.

How to access the CDS tool

You can access the tool from these GP IT providers:

  • EMIS Web
  • INPS Vision
  • TPP SystmOne (coming soon).

We have created a series of videos about the CDS tool.

Rapid referral guidelines

Our rapid referral guidelines are designed to help you identify children, young people and adults with symptoms of suspected cancer. They can help you decide if a referral is:

  • non-urgent – requires routine referral or tests
  • urgent – required within two weeks
  • very urgent – required within 48 hours.

The guidelines are endorsed by NICE and summarise the (NG12) guidelines for suspected cancer. They suggest what to look for in primary care, with referral recommendations and safety netting advice.

The NHS has specific Referral guidelines for Scotland.

Download the rapid referral guidelines or order a printed copy.

Significant Event Analysis (SEA) toolkit

The Significant Event Analysis toolkit was developed in collaboration with RCGP. It helps GPs to reflect on cancer diagnoses and identify improvements to:

  • practice systems
  • hospital systems
  • cancer referral pathways
  • proactive safety-netting.

The toolkit also provides you with training resources, fictional examples of cancer SEAs and guidance to support you with diagnosis.

Quality improvement resources for primary care

We have developed modules to support primary care teams to improve the quality of care they provide to people with cancer. The modules will also enable practices and primary care networks to deliver the requirements of the Primary Care Network Specifications and QoF Quality Improvement Projects (in England).

Early diagnosis and cancer screening modules

The early diagnosis and screening modules will help you:

  • identify patients at risk of cancer
  • increase uptake of cancer screening
  • improve referral practice.

Download our modules for early diagnosis and cancer screening.

10 top tips for primary care

We've created our 10 top tips series to help primary care professionals support patients at every stage of the cancer pathway. The tips are designed to showcase best practice and offer practical advice for your role.

We have tips for the prevention and diagnosis of cancer, which include:

View all top tips

Innovation in cancer care resources

We invest in programmes and services to help professionals adopt new and innovative ways to deliver cancer care in the UK. Working in communities and with the NHS, we fund pilots to improve experiences and outcomes for people with cancer. With this knowledge, we have created tools and resources to help you deliver:

Find out more about our work

Clinical updates for healthcare professionals

Stay up to date with the latest developments in cancer care, with expert news, opinion and analysis. You'll also find blogs about our professionals and the fantastic work they do.

Read our latest blogs for healthcare professionals.

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We publish a range of newsletters for professionals who support people living with cancer. Whatever your role, we'll support you with clinical updates, tools and resources.

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Research and evidence

We're at the forefront of understanding the needs and experiences of people living with cancer. Get the evidence and insight you need to develop or deliver best practice in cancer care, delivered by our team of experts. 

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