Cancer Services (Oncology)

Cancer services spans across all care groups within the Trust, providing an oversight of cancer care and helping teams to work together to deliver the Cancer Strategy. We also work to support operational teams to provide timely, quality care for patients with cancer.

As well as supporting the implementation of the Trust’s Cancer Strategy, the team are responsible for meeting the National Cancer Peer Review requirements and responding to the National Cancer Patient Experience survey results.

The cancer performance and data team are responsible for the day to day management of the pathway coordinators and two week wait referral team. They are responsible for ensuring patients are seen within national targets through robust tracking and adherence to the cancer escalation policy.

Click here to view the Cancer Strategy.

Within The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, we are proud to be able to offer our local communities a wide range of cancer services; from cancer screening, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, living with and beyond cancer services to palliative care. We strive to provide our cancer patients with the best available care.

We also engage in national cancer clinical research trials and have a dedicated cancer trials team.

Research suggests that one in two people will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. Currently 367,000 people are diagnosed as having some form of cancer each year, which equates to approximately 1000 new diagnoses each day across the UK. Almost two thirds of cancers occur in people aged 65 or over.

We know that there are over 200 different types of cancer, but we do not know all the causes. We do know that there are possible risk factors that can affect your risk of developing cancer.

Some lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of cancer:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Being physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Following the recommended alcohol intake

There are thought to be more than two million people living with and beyond cancer in the UK. Many may be living with other health conditions, some of which may have an impact on the cancer or its treatment. We are committed to working with patients towards using patient-centred follow-up using elements of the recovery package as recognised in the NHS England Five Year Forward View and the Cancer Taskforce Strategy, which outlines a commitment to ensuring that ‘every person with cancer has access to the elements of the recovery package by 2020’. The roll out of these interventions will better support and improve the quality of life of people living with and beyond cancer.

Cancer management team

The cancer management team lies within the clinical support division, but links with the medical and surgical divisions to deliver cancer services for Dudley patients. The cancer management team is responsible for monitoring cancer waiting times within cancer site specific teams.

​Role ​Name ​ Email ​ Contact
​Deputy director of operations ​Chris Darby ​ chris.darby2@nhs.net ​ Ext. 2464
​Cancer operations manager ​Jane Gritton ​ jane.gritton@nhs.net ​ Ext. 4409
​Lead cancer clinician ​Rajankumar Patel ​ rajankumar.patel@nhs.net
​Lead cancer nurse ​Tracy Beese ​ tracy.beese@nhs.net ​ Ext. 3331

 

We have ten specialist cancer multidisciplinary teams (MDT) operating within the Trust, and each team has an identified medical lead and clinical nurse specialist (CNS). Our MDT teams meet weekly to discuss each patient as an individual in order to identify the best pathway of treatment and care for that patient.

 

Cancer CNS contact details and MDT leads

Dial 01384 456111 and add the extension number

 

Tumour site Names Ext. number MDT lead   Email
Urology

 

Caroline Roberts

 

 

2873

 

 

Mr Shazad

 

 

 

 

  

Colorectal

 

 

Colleen Fernando

 

 

2286

 

 

Mr Kawesha

 

 

 

 Breast

 

Rachael Willetts

 

 

2065

 

 

Mr Stonelake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lung

 

 

 

Lucia Sabel

 

 

2253

 

 

Dr Healey

 

 

 

 Skin

 

Lucy Smith

 

 

3088

 

 

 Mr Wharton

 

 

dgft.skin-cancer-nurses@nhs.net

 

 Gynaecology

 

Sarah Homer

 

 

3584

 

 

 

 

 

Acute Oncology (including CUP)

 

Ruth Mitchell

 

 

3425

 

 

Dr Mehra

 

 

 

  

Haematology

 

 

Angela Young

 

 

2453

 

 

Dr Taylor

 

 

 

 

Upper GI

 

 

Helen Knott

 

 

2443

 

 

Dr Shetty

 

 

 

 

Head and Neck

 

 

Kim Brookes

 

 

2655

 

 

Mr Whear

 

 

 

We also have a chemotherapy CNS (post vacant at present) and a living with and beyond cancer (LWBC) project lead nurse – Nicola Perks (ext. 5315 or email dgft.lwbcteam@nhs.net).

We have an Oncology/Haematology ward and Day Case Unit, C4 Georgina Unit, situated on the second floor at Russells Hall Hospital. 

The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey

The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey (NCPES) has been designed to monitor national progress on cancer care. The information collected from the survey will help to drive local quality improvements, assist local commissioning groups and cancer care providers and inform the work of various charities and stakeholder groups supporting cancer patients in the UK.

The results of the NCPES for 2019 will be published in June 2020.

The NCPES survey for 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cancer patient forum

Our cancer patient forums are an opportunity for cancer patients to have a say about their cancer experience. It is an opportunity for cancer management to learn what has gone well and what has not gone so well. The feedback can then be shared with the appropriate teams and departments, and where possible changes made.

Listening in action (LIA)

Throughout the year, we will hold listening in action events, inviting staff and patients to meet and share experiences.

It is about delivering quality outcomes through a fundamental shift in the way we work and lead, putting clinicians and staff at the centre of change.

LIA is a way of working that connects all the right people around priority challenges. It is about collaboration around a crystal clear mission, focusing on measurable outcomes, developing great ideas for action, and sharing ownership for making it happen.

It will enable the clinical teams to focus on the areas where they can make the greatest difference in terms of:

  1. Quality and safety
  2. The patient experience
  3. Working together

Our next LIA event will be on Wednesday 21st October 2020, 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Health and wellbeing events

We hold monthly cancer health and wellbeing events for cancer patients in our Clinical Education Centre (CEC). It is usually a morning session, and we present several sessions on the issues that may effect every cancer patient. Working in partnership with other professionals, local services and charities, we aim to provide information about the types of support available locally.

The sessions are open to anyone who has a cancer diagnosis and wants to know what may be available to support them along the way. It is an opportunity to meet the living with and beyond cancer (LWBC) team and ask questions about the issues that may be concerning you.

We provide refreshments and free parking for each session.

If you would like to book a place at one of our events, you can either ask your CNS or contact the LWBC team by phone 01384 456111 ext. 5315 or email dgft.lwbcteam@nhs.net.

Our next health and wellbeing event will be on Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 9am to 12 noon.

Due to the present COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines set out by HM Government, the above events may be subject to cancellation at short notice and attendance numbers may be limited. Please check with the cancer team/LWBC team for more information.

Patient information leaflets