We work closely with our primary care colleagues to support them in their vital work diagnosing cancer early and caring for patients who have a cancer diagnosis.

This area provides our colleagues with resources to support the early identification and referral of patients suspected with cancer.

This is not a definitive list of resources and we will continue to add to it.

If there is a resource you would like to see here to support primary care colleagues, then please let us know by emailing rsch.sscaadmin@nhs.net

For primary care training and education, including Gateway C training courses and webinars, please visit our Workforce and Education area

Working with our primary care and trust partners, we have created a Symptomatic Breast Referral Resource Suite (SBRRS) which has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The resource suite aims to enhance the breast symptom patient pathway in Surrey and Sussex by providing breast symptom management advice and support to primary care. Where cancer is suspected, patients will be put on the urgent referral pathway. 

The referral form has been adapted to become gender inclusive following consultation with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals LGBTQ+ Network.   

Primary care webinar on breast disease and referrals – we held a joint primary care webinar with our colleagues from Thames Valley Cancer Alliance.  The one hour session focuses on breast disease and referrals for both suspected cancer (two week wait) and symptomatic patients. Primary care staff (GPs, Nurses and AHPs) will all find this webinar beneficial to enhance their knowledge on both managing breast disease within primary care and referring patients where appropriate.

We are working with Pancreatic Cancer UK to raise awareness among primary care health professionals of the link between pancreatic cancer and early onset diabetes. A bulletin was sent to health care professionals including diabetes leads across our footprint for cascading to diabetes nurses.

Key message: new-onset diabetes is an early warning sign of pancreatic cancer. You can find more about the pancreatic cancer early diagnosis and diabetes awareness campaign in our Cancer Awareness Campaigns area.

Macmillan has created a Top 10 Tips series to help primary care professionals support patients at every stage of the cancer pathway. The tips are designed to showcase best practice and offer practical advice for your role. The series also includes a guide to getting the best out of virtual consultations.