Cancer Care Initiative of the Year
More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. An ageing population, earlier detection and more effective treatment means that the number of people living with and beyond cancer is steadily increasing.
Treating cancer can of course often involve dealing with treatments which, when wrongly handled, are inherently unsafe: radiation and the chemicals used in chemotherapy being the most obvious examples. There is also the need to ensure the multiple professionals caring for a cancer patient work well together, minimising the risk of safety incidents relating to poor communication between staff. Integrated care pathways and a multidisciplinary approach are often key to a good and safe patient experience.
This award will celebrate individuals or teams working to deliver consistently safe and high-quality treatment with NHS care or in the private sector.
Describe the context within which cancer care is delivered including the culture, involvement of patients and families. Outline the need for a safety initiative in the care of patients with cancer and drivers behind it. Describe the targets and vision for the initiative and what measures have been put in place.
Evidence safety for cancer patients has improved as a direct result of the initiative. This should be quantitative and can cover any aspect of the safe delivery of cancer care. Demonstrate evidence the patient safety work has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care. This should have a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative data such as patient feedback.
Safety projects that have embedded and spread to other departments, settings or organisations. Alternatively, clear evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable outside of cancer treatments. How have the team worked with external organisations at disseminating success?
Clear evidence the initiative has improved value. Where possible, this should include evidence of improved financial value as well as value to patients through improved quality, experience. Testimonials from staff, patients and other stakeholders should be used to demonstrate any qualitative enhancement of value.
Clear evidence all relevant parties are fully engaged in patient safety in cancer care, including patients where appropriate. Demonstrable evidence in the form of testimonials from staff of a supportive culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.