Confederation of Regional Cancer Centres in Sweden
Regional Cancer Centres (RCC) in Sweden collaborate on a national level to create, together with the regions, more equal cancer care throughout the country.
The collaboration group
RCC's national collaboration takes place primarily within the Confederation of Regional Cancer Centres in Sweden. The collaboration group was formed in 2010 on behalf of the regional directors and consists of the six RCC managers and the cancer coordinator, who leads the group's work.
Sweden is divided into 290 municipalities and 21 regions.
There is no hierarchical relation between municipalities and regions, since all have their own self-governing local authorities with responsibility for different activities. The only exception is Gotland, an island in the Baltic Sea, where the municipality also has the responsibilities and tasks normally associated with a region.
The Confederation of Regional Cancer Centres must, together with the regions, implement the intentions of the national cancer strategy, among other things by creating national consensus and coordination of national clinical cancer care guidelines, quality registries and chemotherapy regimens.
The collaboration group is an advisory body in cancer matters to SKR, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Social Affairs and produces plans and documents in various areas.
National working groups
RCC's work is largely conducted in national working groups . There are diagnosis-specific national care program groups and quality register groups as well as cross-diagnosis working groups for, such as prevention, cancer drugs and rehabilitation. National working groups consist of at least six regional representatives and are appointed and led by the Confederation of Regional Cancer Centres.
National support function
About ten employees at The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), form a national support function that assists the Confederation of Regional Cancer Centres. The support function is tasked with ensuring and facilitating national cooperation in all activities within RCC.