Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust takes big step in transformation of post-treatment care of patients recovering from cancer
21 May 2020
Post-treatment cancer patients in mid and south Essex are to gain more control over their on-going care and support, thanks to a new remote digital monitoring platform.
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT) has
commissioned an innovative web portal that will allow patients to
benefit from "personalised care packages" after they have been
treated for breast, colorectal or prostate cancer.
This will mean fewer hospital visits as they will now be able to
keep in touch with their clinicians from the comfort of their
homes. Crucially, they will have access to all the support,
clinical advice and educational resources they need through an app
or the portal. The new technology is particularly timely given "the
new normal" resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the
acceleration of virtual clinics.
Michael Catling, the Trust's director for cancer, said: "We want
to improve the quality and impact of the care and support provided
to patients living with - and beyond - cancer. These personalised
care packages and the technology that will support them will mean
patients are better informed about their disease, their treatment
and the long-term effects of the cancer and their medication.
"Self-management services are tailored to individual needs and
therefore help people return to living healthy and full lives as
swiftly as possible."
Clinicians will be able to track patients against their agreed
care plan and retrieve and study their test results.
Remote personalised self-management and support is
particularly appropriate for patients recovering from cancer who
are at low risk of a relapse.
The innovative technology will initially be available to
patients treated for three common types of cancer from the summer.
It will be extended to other groups later.
The personalised care package available from the web portal will
- A comprehensive plan for the patient's longer term care and
support after their treatment has ended and treatment
- A cancer care review
- Good regular communication with clinicians so any risks can be
- Health and wellbeing information and support.
The Trust recently signed a contract with THERAPYAUDIT to
provide the digital platform. It will be used by both GPs and
hospital clinicians - ensuring everyone is contacted at appropriate
times about any checks.
This puts MSEFT amongst the leaders in the East of England in
establishing a remote access digital platform to support these
patients, which is a priority for the national cancer
Chris Wright, an IT consultant, founder and CEO of THERAPYAUDIT
says: "We are pleased to be partnering with MSEFT by supplying
technology that can help the Trust transform the care of patients
recovering from cancer. It demonstrates how technology providers
can work with committed clinicians to improve healthcare and give
patients more control over their own recovery."
The East of England Cancer Alliance Transformation Programme has
provided £180,000 in funding to support the new model of care and
the technology that underpins it.