Posted on Thursday 14th April 2011
Praise for our Trust's lung cancer services
Lung cancer services at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital are the best in the northern region and joint best in England.
The service has scored 94% in a national peer review, an annual review that tests the quality and safety of cancer services. This has placed our lung cancer multidisciplinary team at the top in the North of England Cancer Network and joint first in England with the University Hospitals of Birmingham.
The National Cancer Peer Review (NCPR) programme is a national quality assurance programme for NHS cancer services. The reviews are carried out by a team of professional peers such as doctors, nurses and oncologists (cancer specialists) and they assess services against nationally agreed quality measures.
The peer review programme ensures services:
Are as safe as possible and deliver quality and effectiveness of care
Are delivering good patient and carer experiences
Provide development and learning for all involved
Encourage the sharing of good practice
Dr Simon Fearby, Chest Physician and Lead for the Lung Multidisciplinary Team, said: “Lung cancer rates are increasing but newer treatments are allowing a much more favourable outlook for patients diagnosed with this condition.
“The peer review assesses compliance to best practice and overall quality of service on an annual basis and we were ranked as joint top in England. This result is reassuring news for patient and families who access the services we provide.”
The Trust’s lung cancer services have also scored well in achieving the Government’s waiting list targets for cancer. This means that patients are being seen quickly following a referral to the hospital by their GP and they are receiving a timely appointment in a specialist clinic where their condition is assessed and a treatment plan developed for them as quickly as possible.
Dr Fearby added: “The overall goal of our multidisciplinary team is to improve lung cancer cure rates by rapid early diagnosis and to achieve this a more streamlined and effective diagnostic pathway is being planned currently which should result in ongoing improvements in survival.”
Helen Roe, Consultant Cancer Nurse, added: “We continually seek and act on the feedback we have from our patients and provide the latest treatment options by offering an increased portfolio of clinical trials as well as standard treatments. These efforts are recognised not only in these peer review results but also in the improvements seen in clinical outcomes for patients with lung cancer in north Cumbria.
“Our multidisciplinary team continues to find ways of improving the care it offers in terms of delivering services closer to home for patients, improving the psychological support it provides, ensuring all patients have a nurse specialist to act as a key contact point and importantly monitoring the results of treatment given.
“Our lung cancer team is committed to the service it delivers and continually develops very much with patients at the forefront of all that we do.”