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Novartis launches two Joint Working Projects with NHS Cancer Vanguard sites, using data analysis to improve care pathways for cancer patients

Posted on: 20 Mar 18

·         Projects launched at two NHS Cancer Vanguard sites: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and UCLH Cancer Collaborative, serving a catchment population of 6.9 million people

·         Initiatives will use data analysis to identify ways to improve care and access to services for patients across multiple types of cancer

·         Following successful completion of the projects, the systems trialed may be implemented regionally and nationally



Frimley, UK, March 20, 2018 – Novartis announced today the launch of two new Joint Working Projects with national Cancer Vanguard sites, which aim to identify ways to improve cancer patient care pathways and access to services. The projects will be based at The Christie in Greater Manchester and within the UCLH Cancer Collaborative region (north and east London), covering a catchment population of 6.9 million people. The two projects are part of Novartis’ ongoing commitment to combine resources, time, and expertise with the NHS, with the aim to significantly improve cancer patient outcomes.


With one in two people born after 1960 expected to develop cancer at some point in their lifetime1, optimising working practices and addressing variations in care is essential to ensure the best outcomes for cancer patients. Central to both Joint Working Projects is the use of data analytics to generate insights, which will be used to improve cancer patients’ experiences, one of the six key priorities of the NHS cancer strategy2.


The Joint Working Project with UCLH Cancer Collaborative will adopt the use of Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) level balanced scorecards to capture service outcomes data for breast, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, and prostate cancer patient pathways. This service level data will include information on cancer patients’ waiting times versus targets, the number of patients diagnosed with cancer, and the proportion of patients being prescribed chemotherapy and receiving it at home. Patient or clinical information will not be disclosed as part of the project.


Decisions on clinical practice are informed by data, however, information from these pathways is not currently captured under one source, and varies across different types of cancer and hospitals. The NHS and Novartis are jointly funding two project analysts to manage the project and to compare data from the MDT scorecards to service standards in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) treatment guidelines. Insights will be used by staff to improve MDTs’ effectiveness and enhance patient care pathways, to develop care levels that are tailored to individual patient needs and provide a better quality of service for patients.


“Through the use of the MDT scorecards, we will be able to gather data on service outcomes across multiple cancers to identify areas for improvement,” said Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones, chief medical officer for UCLH Cancer Collaborative. “Reducing variations in cancer treatment pathways is vital to ensuring our patients receive the highest level of care we can provide them, regardless of the staging or type of cancer they have.”


The Joint Working Project with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust will work to address care pathway inconsistencies in breast cancer, the most common cancer in the UK accounting for 31% of all new cancer diagnoses in women3. The project includes a partnership with IQVIA, a leading global provider of information and innovative technology solutions, to analyse current breast cancer pathways and identify opportunities to enhance care. This will involve examining relevant anonymised healthcare data including Public Health England’s Cancer Analysis System (CAS) and NHS Hospital Episodic Statistics (HES) to establish the current state of the breast cancer treatment pathways across Greater Manchester so that variations in access to care can be better understood. The project will also evaluate patient journeys by enabling patients to record their experiences of treatment pathways through the use of innovative technology provided by the app, uMotif. It is anticipated that findings from the project will lead to improvements in the timeliness of treatment interventions for patients, and provide clarity on where to focus resource efforts, subsequently helping to address any variation in access to treatment.


“At The Christie we are committed to improving treatments and pathways for our patients, and this partnership will allow us to harness the power of data analytics to improve care for patients with secondary breast cancer,” said Professor Andrew Wardley, clinical director of NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility at The Christie. “We are hopeful that the success in this project could lead to advancements in care for breast cancer patients across the country.”


If the two initiatives are successful, the models and recommendations could be implemented more widely in their respective regions and potentially rolled out nationally, providing a standard for best practice. Mari Scheiffele, Oncology General Manager, Novartis UK & Ireland, said: “Our partnerships with the NHS are of paramount importance as we work towards our shared goal of improving treatment pathways and care for cancer patients. Pooling resources to identify areas for improvement and possible solutions helps to ensure patients receive the best possible outcomes.”


The Independent Cancer Taskforce outlined their cancer strategy following on from the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View, which identified a focus on improving outcomes across the whole cancer pathway2,4. Initiatives such as these Joint Working Projects demonstrate Novartis’ commitment to supporting this goal.



About Novartis

Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic and biosimilar pharmaceuticals and eye care. Novartis has leading positions globally in each of these areas. In 2017, the Group achieved net sales of USD 49.1 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.0 billion. Novartis Group companies employ approximately 122,000 full-time-equivalent associates. Novartis products are sold in approximately 155 countries around the world. For more information, please visit


In the UK, Novartis develops, manufactures and markets innovative medicines, devices and diagnostic tests which help improve patient outcomes. Based on four sites across the north and south of England, we employ approximately 1,500 people to serve healthcare needs across the whole of the UK, as well as supporting the global operations of Novartis by manufacturing the active pharmaceutical ingredients used worldwide in many medicines. In 2016 Novartis in the UK invested almost £40million in R&D and is the largest commercial sponsor of clinical trials. For more information, please visit


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About UCLH Cancer Collaborative

UCLH Cancer Collaborative brings together healthcare organisations across north central and north east London, and west Essex to improve early cancer diagnosis, cancer outcomes and care for patients.  We are part of the national Cancer Vanguard – a partnership between the UCLH Cancer Collaborative, Greater Manchester Cancer Vanguard Innovation and Royal Marsden Partners. Visit our webpages:


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1.     Ahmad A.S., Ormiston-Smith N. & Sasieni P.D. Trends in the lifetime risk of developing cancer in Great Britain: comparison of risk for those born from 1930 to 1960. British Journal of Cancer, 2015:112; 942-947.

2.     Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: Taking the strategy forward. 2016. Available from: Last Accessed: March 2018.

3.     Cancer Research UK. Breast cancer incidence (invasive) statistics. Available from: Last Accessed: March 2018.

4.     NHS Five Year Forward View 2014. Available from: Last Accessed: March 2018.

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Last updated on: 20/03/2018

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