Lung Cancer Optimal Pathway Group

The group provides strategic oversight for the improvement of lung cancer outcomes and patient experience across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. By taking a whole pathway and systemwide approach the group implements and supports:

  • Urgent responses to pressures recently seen with COVID-19.
  • National cancer priorities outlined in the in NHS 5 Year Forward View and NHS Long Term Plan (screening, early diagnosis, delivery of the Rapid Diagnostic Pathways and Personalised Care interventions)
  • Development and update of the local clinical guidelines.

The group plan to meet three times a year, the schedule culminating in an educational event, where shared learning and best practice is presented to a wider networked audience.

The group has delivered the following projects to date:

  • Implementation of the National Optimal Lung Cancer Diagnostic Pathway
  • An IST analysis, identifying pressure points in the pathway. As a result of the analysis, Trusts have received funding for pathway navigators to micro-manage the front end of the pathway
  • The review of Diagnostic Bundling to identify the challenges to implementing the Diagnostic Standards of Care (DSOC) in Trusts and identify actions to move Trusts towards implementation
  • Key outcomes metrics agreed to monitor the progress of the group and improve outcomes for patients.
  • Supporting the implementation of local lung health check pilot projects in Bradford and Wakefield.

Current priority target areas for the group are:

  • To evaluate the role of the pathway navigators to understand their impact
  • To identify challenges to the implementation of the Diagnostic Standards of Care
  • To support the roll out of national lung health checks, targeted at populations with high levels of deprivation, smoking and lung cancer mortality
  • To support personalised stratified interventions for people living with and beyond cancer
  • To support Trusts to implement actions identified by Getting it Right First Time 'deep dives'.

If you require further information, please contact the Optimal Pathways team by emailing 

To view the calendar of meetings and events, click here