@NHS from 05/02/18 to 09/02/18
Job title: Consultant Clinical Oncologist
Place of work: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
I’m a Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Associate Medical Director (Clinical Governance) working at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester. I have an interest in lung cancer, and my clinical work involves treating patients diagnosed with lung cancer with radiotherapy and chemotherapy (or increasingly molecular therapies). Through my role as Associate Medical Director at The Christie, I work as part of a team ensuring The Christie is always learning and improving in the care we give to our patients.
I believe all clinicians should be continually striving to better their own practice, and the system around them through professional development, research, governance and quality improvement, to improve the outcomes and experience for patient treated within the NHS.
This is particularly important for lung cancer which remains the most common cause of death from cancer in the UK. At The Christie, I work with experts considered leaders in their field internationally in lung cancer research. Until recently I was the Clinical Director for the lung cancer pathway in Greater Manchester. My aim in this role was to encourage a culture of collaboration, with healthcare professionals from different disciplines and different organisations working alongside people affected by lung cancer to improve the outcomes and experience for people treated for lung cancer in Greater Manchester in future. We successfully developed large, expert lung cancer multidisciplinary teams working across organisations, so patients now have better and more equal access to diagnosis and treatment , and these teams are better placed to continue to improve the care provided to patients with lung cancer across Greater Manchester.
I will be exploring themes of research, professional development, governance and improvement throughout my week curating @NHS, together with shining a light on the role of the cancer centre in the treatment of lung cancer, and how we work collaboratively with colleagues and people affected by cancer across Greater Manchester.