Pan London Suspected Cancer Referral Forms
Please note that the Pan London Urgent Suspected Cancer (USC) referral forms are currently being updated. Revised versions will be uploaded shortly. In the meantime, please continue to use the existing referral forms as usual.
The revised forms aim to better promote the inclusion of key information on the reason(s) for USC referral, and inclusion of all information necessary for triage and rapid assessment by the receiving hospital.
A video on how to make a good quality referral will be available here in due course.
Changes to the forms include:
- the addition of section to record history, physical examination findings and reason why the patient may have cancer;
- clearer directions to alternative management and referral options if a patient does not meet the defined USC referral criteria;
- the addition of a link for learning disability contacts in London;
- ‘Top tips’ boxes on the breast and lower GI forms. (Top tips for gynaecological, haematological, upper GI and urology forms are in development).
GPs, dentists and optometrists in all CCGs in the London area are advised to use the Pan London USC referral 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.
Below are some links to educational information and data that you may find useful.
- Faster Diagnosis Standard
- Rapid Diagnostic Centre / Non-Specific Symptoms service: what to do if it may be cancer, but the tumour site is unclear
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 known as 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 referrer 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.
Queries and support
If you have any questions regarding the referral forms or associated educational information please email: email@example.com