Radiotherapy Team at The Christie Clinic Win Prestigious Independent Healthcare Sector Award

Posted November 23, 2015

The Christie Clinic’s Radiotherapy Team has been recognised for its dedication to ‘Personalisation’ in the Social Care category at the 2015 LaingBuisson independent healthcare sector awards.

The hospital’s patient-centred initiative ‘Adding Value to the Radiotherapy Experience’ was selected for a top honour at the LaingBuisson sponsored event which was celebrating 10 years’ of excellence in private healthcare.

The winning submission focused on the Radiotherapy Team’s innovative new ways of working which has paved the way for a more positive and sustainable care culture for patients requiring radiotherapy at the hospital.

Since the start of the initiative, more than 200 patients have had the opportunity to benefit from the enhanced radiotherapy pathway which includes being assigned a dedicated radiographer two weeks prior to the pre-treatment assessment, receiving a bespoke patient information pack tailored to the individual and family/carer needs, and pre-treatment visits to the unit are encouraged and facilitated.

The first time a patient visits the Radiotherapy Unit at The Christie Clinic a Pre-Treatment Assessment, designed by the team is completed. This explores the patient’s wider needs, including social, psychological, physical and spiritual support. Health and wellbeing is also promoted through initiatives such as smoking cessation, guided by NICE recommendations. If required, referrals are then made, in partnership with the patient.

Alison Sanneh, Radiotherapy Lead at The Christie Clinic commented on the win: “We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award and I’m delighted that the Radiotherapy Team has been recognised by LaingBuisson for the excellent level of care we provide to our patients.

The Christie Clinic, which operates as a HCA Healthcare NHS Venture in partnership with The Christie Foundation Trust, is the UK’s largest provider of private cancer care with a network of facilities across the UK and The Christie is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for cancer treatment.

These two providers have come together to create a cancer unit for private patients, bringing the security and safety of the NHS infrastructure together with the investment and technological advancements of HCA.

The Radiotherapy Service at The Christie Clinic consists of five senior radiographers who deliver radiation treatments to a wide range of patients with different types of cancer.

Alison continued: “The Christie Clinic’s enhanced radiotherapy pathway has refocused the role of the radiographer to ‘see the person in the patient’, rather than ‘a cancer diagnosis and technical treatment site’. This approach has challenged the standard model of care, and we believe that it can be adopted by allied health professionals in areas of healthcare within and beyond cancer.”

The Radiotherapy Team beat-off stiff competition to triumph in their category as the volume of nominations this year was phenomenal according to LaingBuisson, who pulled upon the expertise of a panel of judges drawn from such organisations as the Royal College of Nursing, The National Autistic Society, the Private Healthcare Information Network, Imperial College and NICE.

The full list of winners can be found here:!winners/nn2ww

The Christie Clinic is available to all whether you have private medical insurance or not. If you are not covered by private medical insurance, treatment is available with a fixed price agreed in advance.

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