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“The Cancer Academy provides a collaborative platform, working with healthcare, charities, social care and voluntary sectors to create high quality resources to improve knowledge and confidence around cancer related matters from prevention through to treatment.”
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Dr Debbie Harvey
GP & Clinical Lead for The Cancer Academy

Working with our partners, we have created a directory of expertly produced resources that are easy to access and navigate, for busy working professionals. The content of these resources aims to support and educate primary and community care professionals. 

Registration to the site enables you to ‘save’ your favourite resources and return to them at a later date. 


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Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance Primary Care Resources

This area provides information and resources for Primary Care Professionals and Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to support the early identification and referral of patients with suspected cancer along with support around screening.
Much of what is described is useful for every day practice but will also help more specifically for the contractual requirements of QOF and the PCN DES. If you have a suggestion for a resource or a subject matter to include, please contact us at

Webinars were held May 2022 describing the requirements of the PCN DES 22/23. A recording of the presentation can be accessed under the webinar tab below.

The following presentation describes all of the requirements for both QOF and PCN DES 22/23 and some ideas as to how these might be achieved.

Access and download the presentation (available soon), which you can then watch and hear narration from CMCA Primary Care Lead, Dr Debbie Harvey.

Network Direct Enhanced Service (DES) Specification 2022/23

This year’s PCN DES for the early diagnosis of cancer reflects many of the ambitions of the DES for 21/22. Where possible and appropriate PCN can build on the work undertaken previously.

There are five service requirements which briefly comprise of:

  1. Referral practice
  2. Supporting cervical and bowel screening
  3. Adopting and embedding FIT requests for 2ww colorectal referrals ( directly incentivised through Investment & Impact Funding) & using teledermatology where commissioned
  4. Increasing referrals for suspected prostate cancer where local data supports the need
  5. Increasing referrals to non-specific pathways (where these are available)

The Alliance produces regular bulletins with information for Primary Care Networks, GPs and other primary care professionals.

Please see them below:

To sign up to receive the bulletins, please email:

A webinar for Primary Care professionals was held to showcase the work of the Cancer Alliance, with contributions across a number of work areas.

October 2021

Webinar slides
Recording of the webinar

May 2022

Webinar slides
Recording of the webinar

November 2022

Webinar slides
Recording of the webinar

Resources to support the PCN DES

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