New pan London suspected cancer referral forms
The Transforming Cancer Services Team will announce the official launch of the Pan London Suspected Cancer referral forms on 31 March 2016. The new electronic referral forms will be available on EmisWeb, Vision and SystmOne and GPs in all CCGs in the London area will need to use these forms when referring patients with a suspected cancer.
London CCGs, Cancer/GP leads and Macmillan GPs have worked alongside hospital specialists, pathway groups and patient representatives to develop the new forms. The aim is to improve the pathways and referral procedures for patients with suspected cancer and we hope the introduction of these forms will be seen as a significant step forward.
How to get the new forms
For EMIS/Vision practices the practice manager will be sent a web link by 31 March 2016 with an easy to use installation guide to upload a set of the new forms which are compatible with your software. DXS will also host the new forms. For SystmOne practices in Central London, West London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing, the Trustwide publishing group will host the templates centrally and practices will be advised how to access them in subsequent communications.
No more fax
As of 31 March 2016 ALL suspected cancer referrals should be emailed or sent by e-referral (formerly known as Choose and Book) using the new forms. This method significantly improves reliability and patient safety consistent with good practice. CCGs using an agreed Referral Facilitation Service (RFS) can continue to do so using the new referral forms.
Easy to use
The new forms auto-populate key data from the patient's record therefore improving the quality and reliability, making it easier for referring clinicians to provide relevant information.
Educational support guides
The forms are based on the latest NICE guidance (NG12, 2015) as well as additional tumour specific referral criteria and deviations which have been agreed for the London area. Weblinks are embedded in the forms to ensure referral criteria and clinical information are easily accessible at the time of referral.
Remove old forms
There will be a short period of transition during which the old forms will still be accepted but once the new forms have been uploaded to your system please ensure all old two-week wait referral forms are removed from your directory.
Please ensure all practice staff are aware that from 31 March 2016 all GPs (including locums) will need to use the new forms when referring patients with a suspected cancer.