Coronavirus (COVID-19): National Cancer Recovery Group


The National Cancer Recover Group (NCRG) has been set up to provide national oversight of the operational recovery of cancer services during the recovery phase of the NHS.

It will also provide a cancer-specific response to any potential secondary surges in COVID-19.

The group's key purposes are to:

  • report and provide oversight of national cancer groups
  • co-ordinate interfaces between screening, diagnostics and treatment
  • provide national arbitration on overall clinical prioritisations
  • provide oversight of data and modelling work
  • advise on patient and public communications
  • provide advice on the restart of screening services

See: National Cancer Recovery Group terms of reference

Sub group

National Cancer Treatment Group: sub-group


There will be two groups working within the NCRG. The core group will be made up of a small number of key representatives who will meet weekly and liaise between meetings and react swiftly to emerging issues.

The wider main group will provide advice and input across a range of professions and geographies as well as supporting the dissemination of agreed guidance.

Core group members

  • Chair/Scottish Cancer Taskforce Chair
  • Vice Chair / Senior Medical Officer (Oncology)
  • Scottish Government - Cancer Policy
  • Scottish Government - Cancer Access
  • Scottish Government - Diagnostics
  • Scottish Government - Recovery
  • Scottish Government - Testing
  • Cancer Network Manager Representative (rotating)
  • Cancer Network Clinical Lead North Cancer Alliance (NCA)
  • Cancer Network Clinical Lead South East Scotland Cancer Network (SCAN)
  • National Cancer Treatment Group Chair / Cancer Network Clinical Lead West of Scotland Cancer Network (WoSCAN)
  • Radiotherapy Lead Representative
  • Data, Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT), and UK Links
  • SACT Lead Representative
  • Primary Care
  • Screening
  • Nursing
  • Patient Representative
  • Pharmacy
  • National Services Division (NSD) National Medical Advisor