CancerCare awarded Statement of Compliance from the Health and Social Care Information Centre

on Monday, 30 November -0001.

CancerCare is delighted to announce that we have been successful in obtaining a Statement of Compliance (SoC) to enable us to connect to the National Network for the NHS. This would allow us to work directly with local health care providers and share patient information more effectively.

At the beginning of the year, CancerCare submitted an Information Governance (IG) Toolkit to the Health and Social Care Information Centre - a requirement for organisations who want to share information within the NHS.

Information Governance relates to the way in which an organisation handles all of its information including the personal and sensitive information relating to patients and employees. CancerCare’s IG Toolkit provides a framework to ensure that all our personal information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively in order to deliver the best possible care.

Following the submission of our toolkit, CancerCare was awarded a Statement of Compliance.

Pam Lewis, Information & Regulatory Lead at CancerCare says;

“This is a fantastic achievement for CancerCare and an exciting development for our organisation. Being awarded the SoC brings us one step closer to our goal in being able to share information with local health care providers. It has the potential to modernise the way we work and improve patient care.”

CancerCare is a valued partner within the local NHS Cancer Network and already works closely with other local providers, national cancer networks and key research initiatives.

CancerCare began life in 1983 as a small volunteer led telephone helpline service based in an office within Royal Lancaster Infirmary offering support to local cancer patients and their families in an informal, relaxed manner.

Our unique charity has since evolved and grown in size to now offer a wide range of free professional support services from centres based in Lancaster and Kendal including counselling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy massage, creative art therapies and a dedicated Children and Young People’s Service for children as young as three.

CancerCare’s services complement the treatment and advice offered by medical and nursing practitioners as part of a developing integrated care system for patients and their families. To date, CancerCare has helped over 22,000 local people affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions living in North Lancashire and South Lakeland communities.

For more information about CancerCare please visit www.cancercare.org.uk or follow CancerCare on Twitter @CancerCareLocal or Facebook at ‘CancerCareCharity.’