A crucial step for patients with cancer and heart disease 

23/05/2014 00:00 
NHS England have today launched their next phase of engagement on proposals to improve specialist cancer and cardiovascular services in north and east London and west Essex.
 

The plans could see UCLH’s cardiac services, currently provided at the Heart Hospital, move to Barts Health NHS Trust and UCLH becoming a specialist hub for a number of cancers.
 
The proposals, if implemented, could help save more than 1,000 lives by creating high volume centres of excellence for the delivery of specialist services for five types of rare or complex cancer and cardiovascular disease.
 
Commissioners of the services in question indicated their support for the proposals and approved a business case at a ‘meeting in common’. Click here to see the business case. Agreement was reached to proceed to the next phase of the programme which involves: this further engagement phase, planning for implementation and working with commissioners and providers to ensure that, if approved, plans for the new specialist centres are safe and deliverable.
 
Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “It has been extremely encouraging to see such a positive response to the engagement process so far and I’m delighted we have been able to move onto the next phase.
 
“These proposals are about improving services for cancer and cardiac patients across London – and further afield – ultimately saving lives. There is clear evidence that specialist centres with frequently practising specialist teams and full facilities, with high patient throughput, generally have better patient outcomes.”

What are the proposals?
 
Under proposals, St Bartholomew’s Hospital would become the centre for specialist treatment of heart disease, and University College Hospital, working within a system of hospitals including The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, The Royal Free and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, would become a centre for the specialist treatment of five types of cancer.
 
These centres for cancer would act as hubs in a new connected system of care, including local hospitals, primary and community care services, which would provide consistently excellent services, driving significant improvements in outcomes and patient experience.
 
A clinically-developed Case for Change, setting out clinicians’ recommendations for change, was published in October 2013 and formed the basis of an initial phase of engagement which received strong support from clinicians, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the three joint health scrutiny committees for the area.

What happens next?
 
This engagement phase, commencing today, will run for five weeks and conclude on Friday 27 June 2014.
 
There will be a series of workshops in June to gather feedback on the preferred options and to identify any potential concerns and solutions around implementation. These workshops will cover issues around travel and how to ensure seamless patient care. An additional event will also take place in outer north east London to share the outcomes of the London Clinical Senate’s independent review of the prostate proposals.
 
A high level summary of the business case, containing a feedback form will be available both electronically and, from the week commencing Monday 26 May, in hard copy, at the following locations:

  • University College Hospital (Main reception, Euston Road and the Macmillan Cancer Centre, Huntley Street)
  • The Heart Hospital (Main reception, Westmoreland Street)
  • St Bartholomew’s Hospital (King George V wing)
  • Queen’s Hospital (Main reception, Rom Valley Way)
  • Chase Farm Hospital (Main reception, The Ridgeway) 
  • The Royal Free London (Oncology reception, Cardiac reception, Pond Street) and posted on request.

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