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Cancer Improvement Services

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Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm


Cancer Service Improvement Manager - Elizabeth McGowan

Telephone:+44 1624 650723

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Cancer Improvement Services at Noble’s Hospital are crucial in driving the Isle of Man Cancer plan (2012) forward to improve overall standards in respect of cancer care and treatment. Part of this new development is to manage the Somerset Cancer Registry (SCR), monitor and track patients through their cancer journey and to ensure that as an organisation we are meeting the Cancer Waiting Times Targets. Additionally we have commenced weekly Cancer Multidisciplinary meetings, which consist of a team of health professionals gathering to discuss the patients’ plan of care and treatment, this data is managed through the Somerset Cancer Registry.

This process enables cancer services to compare data and standards with other U.K cancer services, thus allowing the Isle of Man Health Service to become more objective in benchmarking.  On behalf of Cancer services regular Audits and patient experience surveys are conducted, measuring outcomes against the Cancer Waiting Times / Nice Guidelines.

Cancer service improvements overall aim is to improve the experience and outcome of care for all patients suspected or diagnosed with cancer by reinforcing delivery of a high quality standard of cancer care.

Isle of Man Cancer Waiting Times Targets

Isle of Man cancer waiting times targets

Why is it important?

Having been a ward sister and a part of the front line service for 23 years, it is crucial to put patients at the forefront of care to develop early detection of cancer through early referral and screening, diagnosis. This will indirectly reduce morbidity and mortality amongst our island residents. The current new system enables us to collect reliable data to use for research purposes and benchmark against best standards, comparable with other trusts and hospitals acrossEurope. It is also aiding to reduce unnecessary delays and provide personalised consistent care. Facilitate provision of care in the best place by the best team.

How it has contributed to patient safety and improved quality care?

A key component of Cancer Services contributes to reduction in significant delays in care and treatment. Suspected cancer patients are 'fast tracked' through the system, therefore ensuring immediate intervention / treatment of the patient. This commences from urgent suspected cancer referral from GP to consultants so patients are assessed in clinic within 14 days of referral. This systematic approach may infuse confidence in the patient. Diagnostic tests are also prioritised. This new structure monitors the process to minimise all risks associated with the delivery of patient care with particular reference to clinical risk management and any relevant Health and Safety legislation. The CSIM will act as a key role model and communicator between all disciplines involved in the patient's pathway. The CSIM will influence significant change and developments for cancer care across the Isle of Man.

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