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NWC SCN GP Cancer Clinical Lead highly commended in NICE awards 2017

12th June 2017

Neil_Smith_NICE_awards_rotated.jpgCongratulations to Dr Neil Smith our GP Cancer Clinical Lead for Lancashire who has received yet another accolade, this time at the NICE Shared Learning Awards 2017.

Dr Smith, a Macmillan GP in Blackburn, received a special commendation at the NICE awards for his work to overcome the challenges of implementing the new NICE guidance (NG12) for suspected cancer recognition and referral. This comes after two significant awards wins in 2016: the NHS North West Leadership award for ‘Living the NHS values’ and the HSJ National Patient Safety Award for Cancer.

In his NICE Shared Learning Awards 2017 entry submission, Dr Smith said: “Reflecting on my experiences and success in my local health economy, I created a model to help others implement new NICE guidance for suspected cancer recognition and referral. This has been disseminated regionally and been a catalyst for change and my work is now recognised as a national resource for all cancer professionals.

His entry sets out how he went about implementing the guidance in his locality and reflects on the process, successes and pitfalls. You can see his poster submission (and those of the other winners and finalists) on the NICE website, along with his detailed case study submission here.

NICE_awards_poster_-_Dr_Neil_Smith.pngDr Smith’s knowledge and practical experiences in his local area, combined with those of Macmillan GP Dr Chrissie Hunt, our GP Cancer Clinical Lead for Cumbria, was central to our Cancer Network’s activities to support implementation of the NICE guidelines across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The clinical leads worked with a dedicated working group at the SCN to produce:

  • A summary of the NICE guidance
  • A set of clear tables linking signs and symptoms to possible cancers
  • Recommendations on which tests to perform and the type of referral to specialist services that should be made.

The group also developed a series of educational resources for Macmillan and cancer lead GPs to cascade training to primary care nurses across the network, a package of resources for non-clinical staff on the signs and symptoms of cancer, which can be tailored for different audiences, and held an implementation event bringing together GPs from across the patch.

Dr Smith said: “Supporting general practice to be able to implement the NICE guidance through the network templates not only helps busy GPs but also supports patients being referred promptly for investigation and helps reach an earlier diagnosis. Working with colleagues in developing the templates and supporting educational resources has been a real opportunity to influence patient care”.

View the NICE suspected cancer referral templates, guidance and educational resources

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