Cancer service at Southend ‘meets international best practice standards’
27 November 2018
The Department of Radiotherapy and Radiotherapy Physics at Southend University Hospital, which uses radiation to help kill cancer cells, has been accredited by CHKS for its processes and standards which meet international best practice standards.
This means that the services, which sees cancer patients from
right across Essex, are safe, reliable and of good quality. They
also meet the high standards required by the Care Quality
Commission (CQC), giving the Trust a huge seal of approval when it
comes to cancer care.
This year the service has already treated 1,700 patients for
everything from more common cancers such as breast and prostate, to
brachytherapy and highly specialised lung stereotactic
ablative radiotherapy (SABR) treatments. This is a highly
focused radiation treatment that gives an intense dose
of radiation concentrated on a tumour, while limiting the dose
to the surrounding organs.
The importance of this accreditation for patients and their
relatives was explained by James Green, Head of Radiotherapy, who
said: "Our cancer patients come to us from all corners of Essex and
this recognition rubber stamps for them that when they come to
Southend they are receiving world class radiotherapy treatment.
"Accreditation is not given lightly, so it is a real beacon of
quality and ensures that the whole radiotherapy patient experience
at Southend, from door to door, is at the very highest level
possible. The whole Radiotherapy team have done themselves and
their patients proud."
CHKS are a leading provider of healthcare intelligence and
quality improvement services and the Trust was assessed by a team
of external senior healthcare professionals.
They use an online system to record information about processes
and standards which are submitted by the applicants. This allows
users to view comparative information between departments and
services and to monitor performance, progress and compliance. Once
this information has been submitted the CHKS external team of
surveyors carries out a final assessment.
Moyra Amess, Associate Director for Assurance and Accreditation
at CHKS said: "The accreditation process requires dedication and
commitment. Every organisation we make this award to has proved to
our external assessors that its standards and processes meet
international best practice standards. This is a significant
Image:l-r Sarah Walsh - Clinical Lead, Nicolai
Greet -Radiotherapy Services Manager and James Green - Head of
Radiotherapy stood in front of a linear accelerator (LINAC) device
which delivers high energy x-rays to the region of a patient's