STRUCTURE: A cancer providers board is to be set up in Greater Manchester and Cheshire to replace the existing cancer network. All trusts which want to provide cancer services will be expected to belong.

A report to the board of the Christie Foundation Trust says such integrated cancer systems can lead to collaboration which overcomes reconfiguration issues and drives improvements in outcomes. The new body will aim to increase five year survival rates from around 50 per cent to 70 per cent by 2020. It will be governed by a board bringing together chief executives from the provider trusts and with an independent chair and its own director.

Initial priorities for the new board will include implementing one and two site solutions for some cancer treatments.