B01. Radiotherapy

Scope

This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers radiotherapy. Radiotherapy is the controlled use of high energy x-rays to treat many different types of cancer. In a few cases, radiotherapy can also be used to treat benign (non-cancerous) tumours. Radiotherapy may be used to cure an illness for example, by destroying a tumour (abnormal tissue); to control symptoms e.g. pain relief; to shrink a tumour to make it easier to remove, prior to surgery, and after surgery, to destroy small amounts of tumour that may be left.

Membership

Chair: Professor Nicholas Slevin, Consultant in Clinical Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Chris Walker, North
Ann Henry, North
Christopher Scrase, Midlands & East
Russell Hart, Midlands & East
Imogen Locke, London
Margaret Hall, London
Stephen Whitaker, South
David Broomfield, South
Anthony Murphy, Patient & Public Voice
Lesley Smith, Patient & Public Voice
Emlyn Samuel, Patient & Public Voice
Kim Fell, Lead Commissioner, kimfell@nhs.net

Products

A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service Specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:

Policies

A commissioning policy is a document that defines access to a service for a particular group of patients. A NICE Technology Appraisal Guideline on the same topic will replace, or be incorporated into, a commissioning policy as appropriate. These are important documents that are developed to ensure consistency in access to treatments nationwide.

The following policies fall within the scope of this CRG:

Policy statements

Policy statements are brief documents that define the current commissioning position to support service contracting. They are interim documents for use while a full commissioning policy is being developed or until a formal NICE Technology Appraisal Guideline has been published.

The following policy statements fall within the scope of this CRG:

Commissioning through Evaluation

NHS England’s Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) scheme for the use of Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) to treat cancerous tumours in the liver is now complete.  The independent evaluation of the scheme, led by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has now been publshed.  The evaluation will now be used to support a review of the currently published clinical commissioning policy statement on SIRT, which can be found above.