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PA Consulting Group supports Cancer Research UK to develop personalised approach to cancer treatment

"By working in collaboration across the public, private and charity sectors we know we can maximise our impact in bringing this ambitious vision a step closer to reality.”


23 August 2011

PA Consulting Group is helping Cancer Research UK develop a national Stratified Medicine Programme by providing management and IT consultancy free of charge as part of their giving back and volunteering programme, including a workshop to help determine key processes and infrastructure.

This programme will provide a vital step in helping targeted treatments become available for people with cancer. The vision of the programme is to demonstrate a national molecular diagnostic service delivering cost effective tests for patients with cancer while generating research data to support the development of personalised medicines. PA recently worked with Cancer Research UK to help coordinate discussions between clinicians and researchers to establish the minimum standards required to deliver the programme.

The Cancer Research UK Stratified Medicine Programme marks the beginning of a step change in cancer treatment.It will establish the processes needed to routinely test the genetic characteristics of tumours in NHS patients and consent patients so that vital clinical data is captured for use in research and developing new personalised cancer treatments. This initiative forms an integral part of the Department of Health’s national cancer strategy ‘Improving Outcomes: A strategy for Cancer’ which was launched earlier in January this year. 

Ian Rhodes, head of technology and healthcare at PA Consulting Group, commented: "The opportunity to be involved in this initiative was incredibly exciting and we are looking forward to watching how the clinical and research elements come together in real-time to establish a new platform for molecular diagnostics in the NHS. The long-term aim of this project is the national improvement of health outcomes, this pilot program is an important first step towards achieving this."

The Cancer Research UK Stratified Medicine programme has secured funding from the government’s Technology Strategy Board, Pfizer and Astrazeneca. This first ‘pilot’ phase which is due to launch later this year will establish a model of the processes required to deliver this programme in six major cancers types. If this initiative is successful it will form the foundation for a national consolidated molecular diagnostic service, delivering quality assured and cost effective tests for NHS cancer patients.

James Peach, director of Cancer Research UK’s Stratified Medicine Programme, said: “We want all cancer patients in the UK to have access to targeted cancer treatments as soon as they become available, and for research into which treatments are best suited to an individual patient’s cancer to be hard-wired into routine cancer care. By working in collaboration across the public, private and charity sectors we know we can maximise our impact in bringing this ambitious vision a step closer to reality.”

Notes to the editor

About PA Consulting Group

This project was run as part of PA Consulting Group’s giving back and volunteering programme.

PA Consulting Group is a leading management and IT consulting and technology firm. Independent and employee owned, we operate globally in more than 30 countries and transform the performance of major organisations in both the private and public sectors.

From initial idea generation and strategy development through to detailed implementation, we deliver significant and tangible results. We have outstanding technology development capability; a unique breadth of skills from strategy to performance improvement, from HR to IT; and strong expertise in communications, media and entertainment, defence, energy, financial services, government and public services, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and logistics.

For further information, please email Laura Hamblin.

About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research 

  • The charity’s groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.  This work is funded entirely by the public.

  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates double in the last forty years.

  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 020 7121 6699 or visit CRUK website here.   

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