Introducing the Early Cancer Diagnosis – Direct Enhanced Services (DES)

As part of the 5 year plan NHS England has introduced the following seven service specifications for Primary Care Networks:

  • Structured Medication Review and Medicines Optimisation
  • Enhanced Health in Care Homes
  • Supporting Early Cancer Diagnosis
  • Anticipatory Care
  • Personalised Care
  • CVD Prevention and Diagnosis
  • Tackling Neighbourhood inequalities

The Supporting Early Cancer Diagnosis specification has been undated March 2022

For further support on the PCN Des for 2022/23 please see the CRUK Contract Hub Here

The Primary Care Network specification works in combination with the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) Quality Improvement Domain, Early Cancer Diagnosis.

One of the recommendations included in this specification is to support engagement with local system partners such as Cancer Alliances.

This year’s PCN DES for the early diagnosis of cancer reflects the ambitions of the DES for 20/21 but with an additional focus on recovery following the pandemic.

Key Aspects:

  • The NHS Long Term Plan sets out that by 2028 the proportion of cancers diagnosed at Stages 1 and 2 will rise from around 50% to 75%. This will, in turn, improve 5 year survival.
  • Achie