Cancer centre a ‘shining example’ of NHS care 

24/01/2013 00:00 

The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre is a ‘shining example’ of integrated healthcare which treats the ‘whole person’, according to Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.

From left to right: Richard Murley, UCLH chairman, Ed Miliband, Labour Party leader, Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary and Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive


Mr Miliband, whose two children were born at University College Hospital, visited the centre today with shadow health secretary Andy Burnham after launching Labour’s health and care policy review.

They told a packed audience, which included UCLH staff, that NHS and social care budgets should be combined to meet the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

Ed Miliband speaking with patient Heather Murphy (centre) at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre 


Speaking after a guided tour of the cancer centre, led by UCLH chief executive Sir Robert Naylor and chairman Richard Murley, Mr Miliband said: “This is an incredibly impressive and amazing centre and, after talking to the patients that are being treated here, it is a shining example of the ‘whole person’ care we talked about this morning when we launched this policy.

“I also want to thank you because my two children were born at UCH. It is an amazing place and a wonderful example of what the NHS can do”

Tom Marler-Hausen, senior charge nurse and Rebecca Blackwood, senior staff nurse speaking to Ed Miliband


The £100 million cancer centre opened in April 2012. It has wellbeing, rehabilitation and cancer survivorship at the heart of its philosophy. This is supported by the very best diagnostic and treatment techniques to improve survival rates, including the UK's first PET MR scanner, delivering the most accurate information from deep inside the body during a single scanning session.

A Macmillan Support and Information Service on the ground has an experienced team of staff and trained volunteers offering individual in the moment emotional support, information and practical advice to patients, family members, friends and carers.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: "The centrepiece of the Labour Party's strategy is the concept of integrated care - a closer working relationship between GPs, community services and hospitals such as our own. We have long argued that the future of health care, particularly with an ageing population, relies on closer collaboration between everyone involved.

"We need to make sure we play our part by working closely with local GPs for the benefit of our patients. It is equally important to protect our specialist, often world class, services which are also for patients well beyond our local area."

Dr Leon Menezes showing Leicester West MP Liz Kendall, who was also on the visit, the PET MR scanner


Mr Burnham had earlier been at the King’s Fund to give a speech on ‘Whole-Person Care: a new approach for the 21st century’. He addressed the challenges faced by the NHS and social care services and outlined an ‘integrated’ approach.

Afterwards they met with a small group of student nurses from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), which runs the cancer centre.

 

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