London Cancer 

London Cancer is the integrated cancer system serving north east and central London and west Essex.

We work with healthcare providers in these areas to deliver comprehensive and seamless cancer care to all patients from diagnosis, through treatment, to living with and beyond cancer. We also work to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and uptake of cancer screening programmes, with the aim of enabling earlier diagnosis and prevention where possible.

London Cancer transferred to the UCLH Cancer Collaborative in September 2016 and our work is one of the six pillars of the Collaborative.

Our 22 tumour pathway boards and expert reference groups are key to our work. Further information on each pathway board and ERG, including annual reports and meeting papers, can be found in the links on the left.

We are currently recruiting four clinical leaders to lead our tumour pathway boards and expert reference groups - for more information visit our cancer blog.

Information about some of our key projects can be found in the links below. Please contact uclh.londoncancer@nhs.net for further information.

  • Patient information films - blood diseases

    We have produced a series of films to help patients, their families and carers learn more about some of the most common tests and procedures used to diagnose and treat blood diseases including; bone marrow test, lumbar puncture, lymph node biopsy, PICC insertion, PET CT scan and blood transfusion.

    Each film is available in English and also with subtitles in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Turkish.

     

  • Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) improvement project

    All patients with a cancer diagnosis are looked after by a specialist multidisciplinary team (MDT). MDTs bring together clinicians, nurses and other staff with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to ensure high quality diagnosis, treatment and care. The MDT meets weekly and the aim of their meeting is to offer high quality diagnosis and expert patient-centred treatment recommendations.

    In 2016/17 we were set the task of reviewing multi-disciplinary team (MDT) effectiveness within the region to determine how a range of MDTs currently work, and make recommendations to improve their ways of working and effectiveness. The process started with a workshop in June 2016 which brought together a wide range of stakeholders to explore the key issues. We visited 13 MDTs and received input from 12 MDT leads and 36 coordinators focusing on issues including:

    • Inefficiencies
    • IT issues, including e-referrals
    • Role of the MDT chair
    • Examples of best practice
    • Stratification of pathways to reduce meeting times and ensure more time is spent discussing ‘complex’ cases.

    The conclusion of this work programme is the London Cancer MDT Improvement report which sets out 21 recommendations, based on our findings that suggest improvements to MDT working and efficiency. London Cancer will now be working closely with our partners to implement some of the improvements suggested in the report through the MDT QI workstream.

    Watch our video on improving the effectiveness of multidisciplinary teams.

    For more information about multidisciplinary team improvement, please contact uclh.londoncancer@nhs.net

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