Pan London Suspected Cancer Referral Forms – Version 2
Updated Pan London Suspected Cancer Referral Forms are now available for EmisWeb, SystmOne (Integrated, Non-integrated), Vision, MS Word and DXS. The referral forms have been updated since the version 2 update in November with changes to pathology codes and updated clinical guidance within the Pan London & South East Sarcoma Network Referral Form.
SystmOne referral forms will be uploaded centrally by IT leads in GP Practices within Chelsea and Westminster, Central London, West London, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham.
DXS have already uploaded the referral forms centrally in the following CCGs:
- Herts Valley
- Brent (coverage varies across the CCG, so please check with your IT lead if you are unsure of the provisions within your practice).
GPs, dentists and optometrists in all CCGs in the London area are advised to use these forms when referring patients with a suspected cancer, as they contain the updated guidelines from NICE published in 2015 (NG12) as well as additional tumour-specific referral criteria and deviations which have been agreed for the London area.
While guidelines assist the practice of healthcare professionals, they do not replace their knowledge, skills or clinical judgement. NG12 also supports clinicians to refer patients appropriately where cancer is suspected even if the patient does not meet NG12/Pan-London referral criteria.
Referrers should include as much clinical and patient sensitive information as possible to enable swift triage and processing.
Accessing the referral forms and educational information
Use the links below to access the updated referral forms, and see information to support primary care and the patient/carer on their urgent suspected cancer referral pathway.
Finding hospital cancer office contact information
At the top of each referral form is a link providing up-to-date London hospital contact information including email addresses and telephone numbers.
The link is updated regularly. In order to ensure it remains up-to-date, please notify the Transforming Cancer Services Team immediately of any changes to hospital two-week wait or suspected cancer office contact details.
Electronic Referral System (e-RS)
The Electronic Referral System (e-RS) formally choose and book is the preferred booking method for suspected cancer referrals. A national standard set by NHS England states that by October 2018 all first consultant led appointments (including 2ww) should be booked via e-RS. The e-RS improves reliability and patient safety which is consistent with good practice, as well as improving patient experience. If e-RS is not available then primary care should email the referral form to the provider using the directory at the top of each referral form. Fax is an unsafe referral method and should not be used.
Suspected cancer online educational tool
An online educational tool has been developed to aid primary care in referring patients for suspected cancer including symptom criteria, direct access diagnostics and straight to test, safety netting, patient information and links to external educational resources. The tool includes quizzes and case studies to aid learning.
Queries and support
If you have any questions regarding the referral forms or associated educational information please email the TCS team or call the office on 0113 825 1214.