Eight NHS Trusts have been given Beacon status to spread best practice in treating cancer patients. They have been chosen because they demonstrate exceptional examples of a quality service that could be taken up elsewhere. They are also representative of the different types of cancer treatment.
NHS Beacons have also been established to encourage good practice in improving waiting lists and times, primary care, mental health, health improvement and staff development. Like Beacon councils and Beacon schools they provide an opportunity to share good practice through networks and events. The Cancer Beacons will each receive 50,000 pounds over two years to fund such activities as exchange visits, learning events and Open Days.