Cancer Pathways

Cancer pathways, supporting people with a learning disability to access services.

Two week wait patient information leaflets

Easy read versions of our Two Week Wait Patient Information leaflets can be found on the Northern Cancer Alliance web link.

Northern Cancer Alliance – Supporting Primary Care


Inpatient urgent referrals pathway

This pathway is currently under development. For more information contact: [email protected]


Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) learning disability pathway

We have been working with the Newcastle/Gateshead pilot of the TLHC programme to develop a pathway for people with a learning disability to enable them to get support to make choices regarding the TLHC programme.

Once the roll out of TLHC’s begins, we will test the pathway and report.


Radiology General Anaesthetic pathway

https://www.northerncanceralliance.nhs.uk/pathway/early-diagnosis/radiology/

The North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network and Northern Cancer Alliance have worked collaboratively to design and develop a reasonably adjusted care pathway for people with learning disabilities who require general anesthetic [GA] for diagnostic imaging after it emerged there was significant delay, variation and inequality across Cumbria and the North East.

The pathway supports trusts to ensure they are able to comply with the NICE two week wait cancer guidelines by providing an equitable service to people with learning disabilities and will also be useful for other vulnerable people who require a similar reasonable adjustment.

Useful documents:

Imaging under general anesthetics pathway and guidance