Early diagnosis – a responsibility we will all share

19th February 2020

On the 6th February 2020, the new GP contract was released which specifically included the early diagnosis of cancer. We are particularly excited to see new funding streams opened up to primary care to support this endeavour. This is now the first time primary care will receive sustainable funding to support early cancer diagnosis!

We were honoured to note that NHS England and NHS Improvement mentioned C the Signs specifically within their guidance as the go to referral management tool to aid early cancer diagnosis.


QOF guidance

From April 2020, QOF will include early cancer diagnosis as part of the Quality Improvement Module – worth 74 points (together with disability).

  • QOF indicators for Early Diagnosis of Cancer:
    • QIECD005 – The contractor can demonstrate continuous quality improvement activity focused upon early cancer diagnosis as specified in the QOF guidance.
    • QIECD006 – The contractor has participated in network activity to regularly share and discuss learning from quality improvement activity focused on early cancer diagnosis as specified in the QOF guidance. This would usually include participating in a minimum of two peer review meetings.
  • Overarching objectives for Early Diagnosis of Cancer QOF:
    • Participation in national screening programmes
    • Referral practices for patients suspected of having cancer; including use of guidelines, professional development, safety netting of those referred on suspected cancer pathways and shortening of diagnostic intervals.

The specifics of year 2 funding for early cancer diagnosis via QOF is currently unclear. However, what we do know is that early diagnosis will become part of the PCN service specifications in the year 2021/22. This will include a new National Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) which will provide funds directly to PCNs to support the delivery of cancer outcomes.


What does that mean for your practice?

C the Signs can help you achieve the objectives outlined in QOF guidance for early cancer diagnosis. The tool ensures all investigations and referrals are in line with NICE Cancer Guidelines, and any patients that activate a cancer pathway are then saved onto your practice dashboard. This provides a robust safety-netting mechanism. As the tool is localised to reflect all the cancer services and resources available in your area, we are also able to direct you to the fastest diagnostic pathways available for your patient.

For more information regarding how C the Signs can help you with the new GP contract, please contact us at training@cthesigns.co.uk