Posted on: March 1, 2016

QiC Awards – Finalists

The Complex Colorectal Cancer team at St Mark’s Hospital were privileged to be short-listed and become a finalist in to the “Cancer team collaboration initiative of the year” category of the Quality in Care Oncology programme 2016.



The awards recognise, reward and share good practice in oncology prevention, diagnosis & testing, treatment pathways and patient care throughout the UK.

The title of our submission was “Improving complex colorectal cancer care through multidisciplinary team collaboration” and here is a brief summary:

This application highlights how the introduction of two multidisciplinary team meetings have expedited clinical decision-making, improved our liaison with local teams and made our care pathway more patient-centred. In the last year, the complex colorectal cancer team introduced two new service initiatives; the first of which is the formal establishment of a radiology-based review meeting to discuss all new referrals received. The second is a weekly ward-based meeting organised to bring core team members together to discuss all current complex cancer patients’ rehabilitation needs and help plan their discharge care. Both have promoted multidisciplinary team working.

Each initiative was reviewed by a panel of high-level oncology experts, including secondary care clinicians, public health professionals, GPs, nurses, cancer managers and industry and patient representatives.

Seven of the team were invited to attend the QiC Oncology Award ceremony on Thursday 25th February in the Shepherd Hall, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital to receive their ‘Highly Commended’ certificate.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“This is a terrific collaboration, as all true MDT teams are! Since 2001, it has been very well-conceived bedrock of colorectal cancer.”

“This is a good unit and team who have been open, transparent and improved the model as they have been going along.”