Current Work Plan


CCN 2017/18 Workplan Overview

This section contains information about the current CCN Work Plan.

For more information please contact the CCN team.

Work with DHBs to support them to meet the Faster Cancer Treatment (FCT) target and work programme by:

  • Completing a Multidisciplinary Meeting (MDM) Future State gap analysis and implementing new MDM business processes and data requirements
  • Taking a model of care and service approach to implementing the tumour standards, with a priority focus on the Bowel pathway for all DHBs (in preparation for bowel screening) and Hawke’s Bay DHBs oncology model of care work
  • Working with the Ministry to develop tools within the national tumour standards work programme and commencing implementation in the Region, including core standards, tumour specific standards, KPIs and follow-up and supportive care guidelines
  • Implementing nationally developed/endorsed CT/MRI pathways and protocols for cancer investigation and staging, and quality framework and principles of follow-up imaging
  • Completing the Priority Cancer Pathways project to deliver cancer pathways via Health Pathways and Map of Medicine
  • Facilitating process improvements for PET-CT access
  • Working within DHBs to consolidate service improvement gains e.g. HVDHB FCT project management
  • Working with Regional Health Informatics Programme to develop a regional FCT Soprano Medical Template (SMT) to improve tracking and reporting of FCT patients
  • Working with the other regional cancer network and Ministry to develop good practice triaging guidance


Work with DHBs to continue to support regional implementation of the following equity focussed initiatives:

  • Review services against He Anga Whakaahuru – CCN Supportive Care Framework which guides supportive care service planning and delivery
  • Cancer Nurse Coordinators (CNC) identify and remove barriers that are preventing Māori and Pacific peoples benefitting from more coordinated cancer care
  • Participate in the national evaluation of the Psychology and Social Support Initiative and facilitate ongoing regional engagement opportunities for the team
  • Conduct a regional service review against the Service Provision for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients in New Zealand including Standards of Care - Provisional 2016 and develop an implementation plan to address gaps
  • Implement components of the national Early Detection of Lung Cancer Guidance when it is released by the Ministry and priorities have been identified
  • DHBs and Cancer Society partner to deliver Kia Ora E Te Iwi programmes (Māori survivorship focused programme) in each district
  • Partnering with the Cancer Society NZ and Cancer Nurses College to develop a national Survivorship position statement


Work with the two cancer centres to:

  • Develop models of care and service to ensure that quality and sustainable non-surgical cancer services are delivered as close to home as possible e.g. HBDHB oncology model of care work
  • Implement the national Radiation Oncology Plan 2016-21, including addressing unwarranted variation as identified by the National Radiation Oncology Work Group
  • Facilitate DHBs to complete a review against national chemotherapy nursing administration standards
  • Partner with Cancer Nurses College to develop recommendations in relation to implementing closed systems transfer devices for antineoplastic administration for consideration by the national Medical Oncology Work Group


Work with DHBs to implement the National Bowel Screening Programme, including:

  • CCDHB/HBDHB/MDHB/WhaDHB to implement the National Bowel Screening Programme (order and timing yet to be determined)
  • Establish the Bowel Screening Regional Centre (BRSC) at HVDHB to support DHB implementation and regional quality monitoring of the bowel screening programme


Work with the Central Region Palliative Care Network to:

  • Develop a workforce plan to ensure that those working with clients requiring palliative care services, including last days of life care, have the training, resources and support they require to deliver high-quality, person-centred care
  • DHBs work with Hospices and HWNZ to implement the remaining two additional three year RMO positions as approved in principle in 2015/16
  • Cardiac Network and CRPCN to develop locally, regionally and nationally agreed protocols, guidance, processes and systems to ensure optimal management of patients with heart failure