About Us

What is the NWCCODN?

The North West Children’s Cancer Operational Delivery Network (NWCCODN) was established in October 2022 to achieve the aims of NHS England’s drive to secure improved experience, greater pathway integration and increased clinical trial participation and may mean that existing shared care arrangements in some Networks in England need to be both/either consolidated in number and/or expanded in terms of scope of practice. It is expected that the Principle Treatment Centres, through the Children’s Cancer Operational Delivery Network, will drive this change, reflecting the unique needs of each Network within the agreed service configuration.

The NWCCODN works in partnership with 12 providers across the North West, set within the following localities; Cheshire & Merseyside, Greater Manchester & Lancashire & South Cumbria. This includes the 3 Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Units located within North Wales and 1 Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit located in the Isle of Man.

Principal Treatment Centres (PTCs)

What is a Principal Treatment Centre (PTC)?

Any child or young person diagnosed with Cancer is treated at a specialist hospital. These are referred to as Principal Treatment Centres. Within the North West, there are 2 PTCs which are Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS FT and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The PTCs lead on specialist care and treatment.

Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Units (POSCUs)

What is a Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit (POSCU)?

The POSCU service is a hospital which provides supportive care to patients and families. This allows children and young people to be treated closer to home, to reduces the impact of travel for specific treatment and interventions. The hospital works closely with your PTC, sharing clinical guidelines, and updating the clinical teams on the treatment plan through regular communication.

Meet The Team

Andrea Doherty

Regional NHSE Commissioner & Co-Chair of the Network

Professor Bernadette Brennan

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist
Clinical Lead & Co-Chair of Network

Dr Lisa Howell

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist
Clinical Lead & Co-Chair of Network

Davina Hartley

Network Manager

Charlotte Lloyd

Quality Improvement Lead Nurse

Laurie Niland

Management Support Officer

Katharine Field

Innovation Project Officer

Governance Structure

The NWCCODN is accountable to the North West Paediatric Partnership Board and NHSE Specialised Commissioning. The below flow chart highlights the governance structure, communication pathways for reporting and cross-organisational partnership working.