The 3CCN was established to facilitate partnerships between primary, secondary and tertiary providers and the voluntary sector in the provision of services to people with cancer. Its core objectives are to ensure the provision of consistent, high quality and equitable services through strong leadership and management of national guidance.
The 3CCN covers Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, parts of Powys and South Worcestershire. The Network serves a catchment population of just over one million people, who live in two strategic health authorities: South West and West Midlands; three PCTs: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire; and four district general hospitals in three acute trusts: Cheltenham General (CGH) and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals (GRH) in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHFT), Hereford County Hospital (HCH) in Herefordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (HHT) and Worcestershire Royal Hospital (WRH) in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (WAHT). In addition, part of the Powys population is served by Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust. The majority of non-surgical oncology services are managed by the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre from Cheltenham General Hospital.
The 3CCN boundaries overlap with other networks, including the Arden, Greater Midlands, Avon Somerset and Wiltshire, Pan-Birmingham and Thames Valley. Patients also access supra-network services in Bristol and Birmingham.