Cancer patients win major award


Posted on Wednesday 10 December 2014
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Diana Crawshaw (Chair of the Cancer Centre Patient Reference Group) with Trust staff Jannike Nordlund and Catherine Dale

The role that patients have played in shaping the development of the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital has been recognised by a national awards scheme.

The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s will bring together the majority of cancer treatment provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ under one roof when it opens in 2016.

The Patient Reference Group for the Cancer Centre won the patient involvement category of the Quality in Care (QiC) Oncology Awards 2014 – the winners were announced last night (Tuesday 9 December).

Catherine Dale, Programme Manager for Patient Centred Care, explains: “A Patient Reference Group was established in 2010 to work alongside clinicians and managers to develop the plans for the new Cancer Centre right from the start.

“For example, a patient mentioned how depressing and demoralising it was to have to keep returning to a basement on a regular basis when undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

“As a direct result of this conversation the architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, designed a building with radiotherapy on the second floor – the first design of this kind in Europe.”

The Patient Reference Group is now working alongside staff and external partners to develop the full plans for the Cancer Centre.

Cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw, who chairs the Patient Reference Group, is also on the Programme Board for the Cancer Centre so patients are represented at the highest level of decision making.

Speaking after last night’s awards ceremony, Diana said: “Every member of the Patient Reference Group should feel proud of their efforts. It was inspiring to hear at the awards ceremony about all the innovative work being done in the interests of cancer patients. It was a privilege to be involved in the event.” 

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