The goal of the BC Cancer Surgeon Network is to establish a structure and a system to enable the integration of quality surgical oncology services into the formal cancer care system.
The four main mandates of the Network include:
- Developing communications tools to enhance surgical decision making provincially;
- Participating in the identification and/or development of peer- reviewed, evidence-based guidelines based on 'best practice' principles;
- Developing a high quality continuing education program that meets standards of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons; and
- Conducting regionally based research and outcome analyses to provide vital information for Network initiatives.
The Network's mission is to promote the best surgical oncology care through:
- Leadership, advocacy, mentoring and education
- Providing strong linkages between BC Cancer, surgeons and hospitals across BC
- Integrating quality surgical oncology services into the formal cancer care system
- Developing partnerships and collaborations provincially and nationally.
- To increase recognition of the BC Cancer Surgeon Network as the leading advisory and resource body for surgical oncology in BC, and to foster partnerships provincially and nationally.
- To promote and implement best practices for quality cancer surgery and enhance access to multidisciplinary patient-centred care.
- To evaluate and improve patient outcomes through research and quality data collection, management and reporting processes.
- To promote continuous quality improvement of surgical oncology through advocacy, mentoring, medical education and professional development.
- Sets priorities for the Council and Network.
- Establish networks to facilitate the integration of community surgeons into the cancer treatment system.
- Perform annual performance review of the Council and Network.
- Provide and disseminate information about surgical oncology activities in a timely manner to surgeons, surgical oncologists and the Health Regions through the website, videoconferencing and newsletter.
- Liaise with the Ministry of Health (including the provision of regular reports).
- Appoint BC Cancer Surgical Oncology Tumour Group Chairs and recommend surgeons for membership on BC Cancer Tumour Groups.
- Establishes and oversees the Surgeon Network Council Committees, including the appointment of Committee Chairs.
- Liaise with Health Authorities (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Vancouver Island Health Authorities).
- Assists with the planning, implementation and promotion of activities for the Network.