For the latest Covid-19 related news on cancer referrals and treatment see the cancer section on the NCL Covid-19 GP website. The information is not repeated on this website.

  • Visit the Imaging topic page, for details of the single suspected cancer imaging referral form now in use across all NCL providers
  • For information on 2WW referrals, see Suspected Cancer Two-week Referrals (2WW)
    • If there are issues getting an appointment within two weeks, please use the QAS form to alert NCL CCG
  • Direct referral for urgent diagnostics is available rather than a 2WW  
  • Visit the Screening topic page for detailed information on cancer screening
  • Visit the Cancer Education pages for learning resources

Local initiatives

Area specific guidance for Islington


GP one-to-one practice support: Cancer research faciliator

Cancer Research UK is able to visit practices individually as and when needed to share the latest local cancer data, provide training and tools on key topics such as cancer screening. Islington’s facilitator Christine Harding is able discuss new NICE guidance with valuable resources, support the completion of SEAs and audits. GPs will be able to review surgery safety netting processes and best practice.

Please contact Christine for further information and/or to set up a visit:


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Embedded Advice & Guidance for haematological oncology 2WW pathway

NCL Wide Embedded A&G, means direct access to specific haematological oncology advice
Jun 7th, 2021

NCL Cancer Alliance launches symptoms awareness campaign

NCL Wide Cancer awareness campaign encouraging local residents to act on symptoms that may be a sign of cancer regardless of covid restrictions
May 27th, 2021
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Macmillan Cancer support programme for practice nurses

NCL Wide Macmillan Cancer support has developed a new programme specifically for the practice nurses
May 24th, 2021

SNOMED-compatible suspected cancer referral forms

NCL Wide The revised forms are now compatible with SNOMED coding and can be found on EMIS systems
Apr 29th, 2021

Bowel cancer focus on ITV’s Lorraine programme

NCL Wide ITV show, Lorraine is running segments on bowel cancer from 19 April to 6 May
Apr 26th, 2021

A guide has been launched for patients with ovarian cancer on genetic testing called 'Ask Eve: genetic testing in ovarian cancer'

NCL Wide Guide explaining gene alterations and genetic testing for ovarian cancer patients to give them information and support after diagnosis
Jan 13th, 2021
Clinical Updates

Suspension of the SUMMIT Study Announced

Islington A further update will be provided when SUMMIT lung cancer screening activity resumes
Jan 12th, 2021
Service Updates

Digital Support Group for Bowel Cancer Patients

Islington Refer your patients today
Jan 7th, 2021

New digital support group for bowel cancer patients

NCL Wide Chat programme hosted by Bowel Cancer UK, for patients to share experiences in a safe, supportive and informal environment
Jan 7th, 2021
Commissioning News

Move4You service: Addressing the health inequalities gap

Islington Practices asked to help the service focus on inequalities
Dec 17th, 2020
Events & Training

NCL GP webinar slides: Move4You cancer service

NCL Wide Slides from Thursday 17 December’s NCL GP webinar presentation on the Move4You - NCL Cancer Physical Activity Rehabilitation Service
Dec 17th, 2020
Practice Manager News

Macmillan Poetry/Storytelling Project for Cancer Patients

Islington Please disseminate to patients and PPGs
Dec 9th, 2020
Commissioning News

New Rapid Diagnostic Centres to Launch Across NCL

Islington For patients who do not fit the referral criteria for a specific 2WW pathway
Dec 9th, 2020
Commissioning News

YouScreen HPV Self-sampling Study Begins

Islington Six NCL practices are involved at the start
Dec 8th, 2020
Commissioning News

Reminder: Move4You Cancer Rehab is Open for Referral or Self-Referral

Islington The service is funded to March 2021, maximise your use of it
Dec 3rd, 2020
Clinical Updates

Breast Screening Update: Self-referrals for Women Over 71

Islington Services will provide appointments to self-referring women in line with previous technical guidance
Dec 2nd, 2020
Commissioning News

National Cancer Diagnosis Audit: Results Published

Islington How to access your practice report
Dec 2nd, 2020
Commissioning News

NCL Urgent Direct Access Imaging Referral Form Updated

Islington A new version (V2) of the form will be available on EMIS from 7 December.
Dec 2nd, 2020
Commissioning News

Royal Free Update: Booking 2WW Appointments on e-RS

Islington Please ensure you confirm the appointment details with your patients
Dec 2nd, 2020
Service Updates

Breast Screening Recovery Programme

Islington Self referral of over-70s temporarily paused
Nov 4th, 2020
Commissioning News

Move4You Cancer Exercise Prehabilitation/Rehabilitation Service

Islington Supporting people of all abilities to engage with a variety of activities to help them move more during and after treatment.
Oct 28th, 2020
Practice Manager News

Campaign: General Practice is Open, Get Checked for Cancer

Islington Each week, a different video will be promoted
Oct 21st, 2020
Service Updates

Suspected Urological Cancer: Referral Guidance Issued

Islington The Transforming Cancer Services Team for London has issued guidance
Oct 7th, 2020
Service Updates

Direct Access Imaging for Suspected Cancer Uses Single NCL Referral Form

Islington Request direct-access investigations for suspected cancer at any of four NCL provider trusts using one form
Oct 7th, 2020
Service Updates

Cervical Screening Affected by Temporary Reagent Shortage

Islington Please continue to take samples as normal
Sep 29th, 2020

Cervical Screening: Return to Routine Screening Following Treatment

Islington Guidelines recommend next routine cervical screen is six months after discharge
Sep 3rd, 2020

Views Sought on Prostate Cancer Pathway Changes

Islington The NCL project will be developing a new local pathway
Aug 26th, 2020
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Faecal Occult Blood Testing: Sampling Reminder

Islington Samples in incorrect containers will no longer be processed
Jul 16th, 2020

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