Following the NHS Transition during 2012/13, the Arden Cancer Network ceased to exist from the end of March 2013 to move forward with the new Strategic Clinical Networks.
‘The Way Forward: Strategic clinical networks’ publication confirmed that the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) will host a category of clinical network entitled strategic clinical networks (SCNs) from April 2013. These networks will work across the boundaries of Commissioning and provision, as engines for change in the modernised NHS. The emphasis is on SCNs being one element of the new system that will support commissioners with their core purpose of quality improvement and ultimately the achievement of outcome ambitions for patients.
The population formerly covered by the Arden Cancer Network, will sit within the newly formed West Midlands Strategic Clinical Network for Cancer. The Strategic Clinical Networks will cover Cancer, Cardiovascular, Mental Health, Maternity and Paediatrics. The West Midlands Strategic Cancer Network Clinical Director is Rob Gornall and the network manager is Kate Burley, they will be based at St Chad’s Court, Hadley Road, Birmingham from the 1st April.