Clinical Quality Groups

The Clinical Quality Groups (CQGs) are the source of expert clinical and professional advice on a wide range of cancer services issues.

CQGs adopt an evidence- based approach, incorporating national best-practice guidance into local practice to ensure common standards and pathways for cancer patients.

In Cheshire & Merseyside Clinical Quality Groups are established for tumour-specific pathways and cross cutting themes such as diagnostics, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and acute oncology.

The role of the CQG is to ensure co-ordination of the cancer pathway and consistency of clinical practice irrespective of where treatment is provided. Areas that the CQGs focus on include:

  • Identifying and raising awareness of population needs
  • Service monitoring including clinical performance and patient outcomes
  • Workforce development
  • Increasing research capacity
  • Implementation of clinical guidelines
  • Development of local pathways and service specifications
  • Responding to concerns or inequalities raised through monitoring processes
  • Advising on matters relating to service reconfiguration

Each CQG has a nominated lead/chair who works with the Cancer Alliance Medical Director to ensure the development and delivery of work plans for each group.

Please direct any enquiries to:

For details of the CQG meeting dates and times click here

CQG Terms of Reference

All CQG documents are currently being updated.  For urgent enquiries, please contact the Alliance directly by email:  

Brain & Central Nervous System

Chair - Mr Andrew Brodbelt, Consultant Neurosurgeon


Date of Next Meetings:

Thursday 21st May 2020


Documents & Pathways

Acromegaly Pathways January 2019

CNFPAs Pathway January 2019

Cushings Disease Pathways January 2019

Prolactinomas Pathways January 2019


Chair- Dr Lisa Howell, Consultant Oncologist

Date of next Meetings:

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Tuesday 8th December 2020

Minutes/Action log from Previous Meeting

Children CQG 10.12.19 Minutes/Actions

Documents & Pathways

Guidelines for the Management & Prevention of Infection

Vaccination CCLG



Chair - TBC


Date of Next Meeting: TBC


Colorectal Optimal Pathway v0.9 Feb 20

Head & Neck

Chair- Dr Caroline Brammer, Oncology  Consultant

Date of Next Meeting:

Tuesday 25th February 2020




Chair- Dr Nick Stern, Consultant Hepatologist

Date of Next Meeting:

Tuesday 18th February 2020


Documents and Pathways

Liver, Pancreas and Bile Duct Referral Pathway

Pancreas Dataset

Guidelines for the Management of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours

IPMN Management v9.

Liver Transplantation Guidelines



Chair- Andrew Wight Consultant Respiratory Physician


Date of Next Meeting:

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Lung CQG Education Event Wednesday 14th October 2020


Chair - Dr Iftikhar Khan, Consultant Surgeon

05/11/19 OG CQG Meeting minutes/actions


Date of Next Meeting:

Tuesday 28th April 2020





Chair - Prof. Tim Helliwell, Consultant Histopathologist


Date of Next Meeting:

Thursday 26th March 2020


Chair - Dr Dominic Bray, Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist

Chair - Clare Byrne, Lead Cancer Nurse

Date of Next Meeting:TBC



Chair - Dr Jonathan Wide, Consultant Radiologist


Radiology CQG Education Event Monday 18th May 2020

Date of Next Meeting: TBC




Chair- Dr Nasim Ali, Consultant Medical Oncologist


Date of Next Meeting:

Thursday 18th June 2020





Chair- TBC


Skin CQG 10.10.19 Notes/Action log


Date of Next Meeting: TBC



Skin Cancer Guidelines


Teenage & Young Adult

Chair- Shared between the following;

Dr Farida Alam, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dr Nasim Ali, Consultant Medical Onocologist

Dr Nagesh Kalakonda, Consultant Haematoncologist

Date of Next Meeting:

Tuesday 10th March 2020


Pathways & Guidelines

Clinical Referral/Notification to the Teenage and Young Adults Cancer MDT


Chair - Mr Mahmoud Elfar, Consultant Urological Surgeon

Date of Next Meeting:

Thursday 20th February 2020