Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative (POI)

​The POI is a group of ABPI member pharmaceutical companies that work in collaboration with the Department of Health (DH), the NHS and other key partners to improve the delivery of cancer services and access to medicines.  Our vision is to ensure that all people with cancer have access to the right medicines at the right time, giving them the best chance to fight their disease regardless of where they live.

What has the POI achieved?

Commissioning and delivering world class cancer care is a challenging task. The POI has worked in partnership with the NHS to develop tools and projects to:

  • Enable service providers to  plan chemotherapy capacity effectively and to simulate the impact that any changes in capacity may might have on service delivery
  • Inform thinking on the improvements that could be made to health technology assessment methodologies, in order to measure the value  delivered by cancer medicines more appropriately
  • provide commissioners with access to information that will ensure the delivery of high quality cancer services
  • improve patients' access to quality medicines information at all stages of their disease

Insight: By working together, pharmaceutical companies have been able to bring a unique insight to the opportunities and challenges involved in improving cancer services.

Collaboration: The POI and its partners develop and implement projects of clear mutual benefit, working to enable people with cancer to receive the best services and treatment regardless of who they are and where they live.

Tools: The POI tools are designed to benefit NHS services and ultimately patients, such as by improving capacity and commissioning of cancer services.


The Cancer Commissioning Toolkit (CCT)

The Cancer Commissioning Toolkit (CCT) is a web-based tool which supports commissioners and cancer service providers, helping them to understand and apply data to assist the planning and delivery of world-class cancer services for the communities they serve.

The tool provides access to high-quality information about local services in England and how they compare with services elsewhere, which will help support PCTs and Cancer Networks in effectively benchmarking different aspects of cancer delivery in their area.

For more information visit  


The Chemotherapy Planning Online Resource Tool (C-PORT)

The Chemotherapy Planning Online Resource Tool (C-PORT) is a web-based simulator which enables cancer hospitals to effectively plan capacity and improve access to cancer medicines for patients.

For more information download the Chemotherapy Planning Oncology Resource Tool brochure (PDF, 1.6MB) or visit    

Further information

For further information download the POI booklet (PDF, 2.36 MB) 


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