Optimal Pathway Groups
The main purpose of the Optimal Pathway Groups (OPGs) and Clinical Advisory Board is to drive improvement in outcomes, patient experience and operational performance across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The Optimal Pathway Groups bring together all relevant stakeholders, from clinicians, managers, commissioners, primary care, patient representatives, and voluntary sector colleagues, to ensure a holistic approach to improvement.
Through effective partnership working, the OPGs aim to ensure co-ordination and reduce unwarranted variation in outcomes - from prevention, to diagnosis and treatment, to living with & beyond cancer.
They work to identify and deliver consistency of clinical practice to achieve the best possible outcomes and experience for patients living with and beyond cancer in West Yorkshire & Harrogate, irrespective of where they live and where their treatment and care is provided.
The Clinical Advisory Board provides expert clinical oversight, challenge and scrutiny, supporting the Cancer Alliance Board in discharging its role and functions as system lead for cancer in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
The Groups act as the main source of expert clinical opinion on cancers and provide advice to relevant Boards & West Yorkshire and Harrogate partners. Their functions include, but are not restricted to:
- Identifying and raising awareness of population needs, reviewing clinical outcome and performance data, identifying and addressing unwarranted variation
- Service monitoring - clinical performance and clinical outcomes
- Driving innovation, improvement and collaboration to share and spread the adoption of good practice
- Maintaining updated guidelines
- Workforce development and capacity planning
- Research, education, and development
- Patient experience and co-production
There are currently 10 tumour site specific Optimal Pathway Groups. Each group is led by a Clinical Director and Vice Chair and has an agreed work programme. More information about the Clinical Directors and Vice Chairs is available here.
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Programme management oversight for the OPGs resides with Ingrid Ablett-Spence, Cancer Alliance Optimal Pathways Programme Manager. Email email@example.com
More information about the OPG Team is available here
The schedule of forthcoming OPG meetings - attendance by invitation only - can be found here. Please check with the relevant OPG lead, as the schedule is subject to change.
For all general enquiries or information relating to the Optimal Pathway Groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07881 359133.
The presentations from the Cancer Outcomes and Services Dataset (COSD) event on 24th February 2021 can be accessed here
Clinical Director vacancies are available for the remaining two OPGs, Skin & Haematology, if you are interested and would like to view the Clinical Director Role Description and Expression of Interest forms, please click here
The Skin & Haematology OPGs are being led, in the interim, by Professor Sean Duffy, Programme Clinical Director and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance Lead.