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:click here


Documents & Pathways

Acromegaly Pathways January 2019

CNFPAs Pathway January 2019

Cushings Disease Pathways January 2019

Prolactinomas Pathways January 2019



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Chair- Dr Lisa Howell, Consultant Oncologist

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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 - Dr Liviu Titu , Consultant Colorectal Surgeon


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Head & Neck

Chair- Dr Caroline Brammer, Oncology  Consultant

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Chair- Dr Julie Hendry, Respiratory Physician

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Chair - Dr Iftikhar Khan, Consultant Surgeon

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05/11/19 OG CQG Meeting minutes/actions


Chair - Prof. Tim Helliwell, Consultant Histopathologist


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Chair - Dr Dominic Bray, Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist

Chair - Clare Byrne, Lead Cancer Nurse

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Chair - Dr Jonathan Wide, Consultant Radiologist

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Chair- Dr Nasim Ali, Consultant Medical Oncologist

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Chair- TBC


Skin CQG 10.10.19 Notes/Action log


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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

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Pathways & Guidelines

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


Chair - Mr Mahmoud Elfar, Consultant Urological Surgeon

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