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Right Arrow Cancer services “providing high quality patient centred care”
01 May 2008 at 14:13
Once again cancer services at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have received a boost following the latest peer review published recently. Colorectal services were described as having a “strong surgical team with good leadership committed to providing high quality patient centred care”.

The review went on to say, “The nursing team is well informed and takes an active role in both diagnostic activity and patient support. There are exceptionally good links with palliative care that ensures a seamless service for patients and carers in a timely manner. True multi-professional working was evident with members valuing individual contributions to both patient issues and service development”.

The reviewers went on to highlight further areas of good practice including patients being actively involved in service improvement, helping to shape future developments that enhance the quality of care/treatment. There is a seamless, speedy service in endoscopy with patients receiving diagnosis before being discharged or if not possible, the nurses visit patients at home to tell them. Research is active with good entry into clinical trials and the Team is often invited to speak at conferences.

At the same time reviewers looked at the services provided for Head & Neck cancers and commented, “This is a cohesive team whose members are committed to developing services across the locality through effective commissioning, planning and provision of cancer services. Excellent team work was demonstrated between Clinical Nurse Specialists and the community team and also the Maxillo-facial and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Teams.

“Patient and carer involvement is evident with active input at local level to develop improved services. There is good quality patient information and reviewers noted the plan to create a patient information pathway across the Network.”

Chris Sheridan, Cancer Services Manager said of the reviews, “Although we have a good idea of how we are doing, it is essential we get outsiders’ views and these peer reviews do just that. The results from these latest reviews are very pleasing and testimony to the hard work of all the staff who work within the cancer services.”

Notes to Editors

National Cancer Peer Reviews are undertaken by peer reviewers who work in cancer services elsewhere and user reviewers resulting in assessments on the quality of cancer services for NHS patients in England. Peer Reviewers include Consultants in all Specialties including diagnostic departments, Specialist Nurses, Senior Pharmacists, Senior Managers at Hospital, PCT, or Cancer Network level and patient representatives. The National Cancer Peer Review Programme is an integral part of the NHS Cancer Plan and modernisation of cancer services.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk